PLAINVILLE - Mark Devoe, director of planning and economic development, wrote in an email Thursday that he will be leaving his job on Dec. 28.
“I need to announce that I have accepted a new position and my last day in Plainville will be Dec. 28,” Devoe wrote, not saying where he would be going.
Devoe declined to comment further when contacted Thursday.
Town Council Chairwoman Kathy Pugliese said Devoe has been “responsible for much of the recent development in town” and that she wishes him well.
“He has kept things moving in a very positive direction and he has brought businesses back to Plainville,” said Pugliese. “He has also helped business owners and developers, guiding them through the permitting process and helping them to get tax abatements. Mark has had a long history with the town and he has done remarkable things for our infrastructure. He took his job very seriously.”
Pugliese said the Town Council will be speaking with Town Manager Robert E. Lee about beginning the search for Devoe’s replacement. She said it is an important position to fill and will require careful consideration.
Jeff Dicosimo, chairman of the Plainville Chamber of Commerce, said Devoe will be missed.
“He was fantastic to work with and easy to get along with,” he said. “Whenever we needed something, he would do it for us. Mark worked hand in hand with the chamber and him leaving will be a big loss for the town.”
Devoe was hired in 2006. Aside from a brief period in the summer of 2018, when he left to become town planner in Southington only to return eight days later, Devoe has led economic development in town for 12 years.
He leaves behind a legacy of growth, reporting last October that the town had experienced one of its top three years.
“Plainville has seen approximately 75,000 square feet of new commercial facilities approved, some of which are under construction,” Devoe said at the time. “There is also a very good possibility of another 62,000 square feet of commercial facilities in the pipeline. In 2017, at least nine new establishments have relocated to existing space, many within our core downtown area.”
This year, Devoe attended ribbon cuttings for U-Haul at the former General Electric building at 10 New Britain Ave. on June 13, and The Light Hangar at 1 Townline Road on Oct. 25.
Devoe also saw the long-vacant building at 63 E. Main St. filled Nov. 19 by Studio 466. The space had previously been occupied by the Law Firm of Segal and Laska, which moved.
The town also saw the former Chung property at 243 New Britain Ave., long vacant, rehabilitated into a new 17,000-square-foot Goodwill Center, which opened Nov. 9.
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