Rochester Hires Next Director of Community Development – Post Bulletin

ROCHESTER – A nationwide search has found Rochester’s next community development director.

The city announced the selection of Irene Woodward to fill the position left vacant when former superintendent Cindy Steinhauser was named deputy city administrator.

Steinhauser said city officials were excited about the new hire.

“A lot of meaningful work has been done since the establishment of the community development service in 2018,” said the service’s first director. “The department is fortunate to have an excellent team, and Ms. Woodward is ready to continue to build on a solid foundation.

“His vast experience and expertise will serve our community and our organization well.”

Woodward most recently worked as Planning and Zoning Manager for Allentown, Pennsylvania. She will start in Rochester on July 18.

Woodward has over 15 years of experience in urban planning, specializing in affordable housing, grant writing, management and strategic planning.

Rochester’s Director of Community Development works with public works and city government to achieve the vision “to be recognized as America’s most innovative developmental services team.”

The Director also develops, directs and provides leadership for the department which encompasses heritage preservation and urban design; land use planning policies and regulations; effective treatment; development agreement; distribution of federal block grants and issuance of development permits; and compliance with housing and construction standards, verification of plans, inspection and risk correction.

“Planning impacts a community in many ways, from story and design to funding and implementation,” Woodward said in a statement announcing his hire. “I can already feel the solid foundations of the city and I’m excited to build on that. I am delighted to join this team.

Norma P. Rex