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Executive Team


Robert A. Vacchi, Esq.
Assistant: Michelle Frick

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Administration and Financial Services Division

Lisa Celaya
Deputy Director

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The Administrative and Financial Services Division provides overall administrative support to the Development Services Department, the public, and other City Departments.  Core responsibilities include fiscal and procurement support, grant management, human resources, payroll, accounting, and cashier services. In addition, the division is responsible for maintaining records of construction plans and permits on City property dating back to 1955.


Building Construction and Safety Division

Afsaneh Ahmadi, P.E.
Chief Building Official

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The Building Construction and Safety Division includes Building project plan review and inspection sections including structural, electrical, mechanical, life/safety, research, and ministerial project management. The primary function of the division is to plan review and inspect projects for compliance with the Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Accessibility, Energy, and Green codes and other related state and local laws.


Code Enforcement Division

Michael S. Richmond
Deputy Director

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The Code Enforcement Division investigates and enforces code violations related to land use, development regulations, building and housing codes, abandoned properties, disabled access, and noise regulations.


Engineering Division

Gregory P. Hopkins, P.L.S.
Deputy Director

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The Engineering Division includes the discretionary engineering and transportation sections, along with the drainage and grades, traffic safety, water and sewer, stormwater, geology, mapping, addressing and street naming sections. The primary function of the Division is to review all permits, engineering and mapping related approvals at the discretionary and ministerial level for compliance to federal, state and local regulations.


Innovation and Technology Division

Karen Dennison
Deputy Director

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The Innovation and Technology Division is responsible for leading process improvement initiatives that help optimize service delivery, as well as managing the information and data services for the Development Services Department (DSD). The Division serves as the technology liaison between DSD, the Department of Information Technology, other City departments, and City IT vendors. Working with these sources, the Division implements, monitors, and manages automation solutions for the Department’s daily business needs.


Land Development Review Division

Kerry Santoro
Deputy Director

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The Land Development Review Division includes the land development code update section, discretionary and ministerial permit review, zoning and sign code information, landscape review, and environmental analysis along with mitigation monitoring compliance. The diverse functions of the Division are focused on providing a balanced approach to the comprehensive review of discretionary and ministerial development projects in compliance with federal, state and City regulations.


Project Submittal and Management Division

Michelle Sokolowski
Deputy Director

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The Project Submittal and Management Division includes three sections responsible for processing the City's land development projects. The Project Management section manages discretionary projects and provides administrative support for the City's Hearing Officer and the Planning Commission. The Submitted Project Processing section handles construction and development permit project submittal and issuance functions.  Historical reviews are processed by the Historical Resources section, which also supports the City’s Historical Resources Board, processes Mills Act applications and required monitoring, and performs Section 106 reviews.

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