Stefan leaving city hall

The Herald spoke with Joe Stefan and Mayor William Judge early this morning.

The following press release has been given by Barberton Mayor William Judge:

Director of Planning and Community Development Joseph Stefan has informed the Barberton Planning Commission of his intent to resign as the City of Barberton Planning Director. Mr. Stefan informed the Planning Commission he will be resigning from his position but will stay on through the end of the first quarter, if needed, to assist with transitioning to a new director.
Mr. Stefan has been employed by the City of Barberton since 2007 and was promoted to the position of director of the department by the Barberton Planning Commission in 2014.  The Planning Director reports directly to the Planning Commission and directly manages Public Land Use, Economic Development Projects, Community Development Block Grant Funds, EPA Grant Funds, Comprehensive Planning and Historical Preservation. Mr. Stefan partners with the Barberton Service Director to administer the Barberton Development Code, and managing the operations of the Barberton Building and Engineering Department.
Mr. Mollric, Chairman of the Barberton Commission stated “The Barberton Planning Commission will work with the Mayor’s office in efforts to find a replacement for Mr. Stefan.” Mr. Stefan and the Planning staff have taken on many duties over the last several years in efforts to do more with less. Finding an individual qualified to take on all of the duties the Planning Department currently oversee will be a challenge.”As outlined in the Barberton City Charter, the Barberton Planning Director serves at the pleasure of and is appointed by the Barberton Planning Commission.


  1. Mark Anderson on January 24, 2020 at 5:36 am

    I clashed with him many times, bit my tongue many more. We need to encourage and promote development, not present unnecessary hurdles.

  2. concern barberton voter on January 22, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    A few more have to go and we can get Barberton back and few that do not need to run in two years keep the two we have

  3. G.O.P. on January 22, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Another one from the Good Old Boys Club stepping away.

  4. Iconoclast on January 22, 2020 at 6:40 am

    This is a step in the right direction. We need a Planning Director who lives in the city limits and pays his or her taxes here. Hopefully this will be one of the criteria considered by the powers that be when a new one is appointed.

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