Barberton’s City Hall has two new leaders with the appointment of a public service director and a planning director.
Michael Vinay is replacing longtime public service director Elwood Palmer, who retired June 30.
Vinay has worked for the city for 16 years, with experience in the street and building departments. Most recently, he has administered the city’s efforts to demolish 200 vacant, abandoned and blighted homes.
Vinay is a Barberton native and graduate of Barberton High School and the University of Akron. He has also served on the Barberton Community Foundation Board of Directors and numerous local school committees.
“This city has given me so much and I’m fortunate to have opportunities to assist in moving it forward. I’m excited to work side by side with city employees, community leaders, business leaders and developers with the goal of providing quality, efficient public service to the residents of the Magic City,” Vinay said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the city’s development will now be guided by Joe Stefan, who was appointed director of Planning and Community Development by the Planning Commission.
Stefan has been serving as interim director since earlier this year, when former planning director Diane Sheridan took a job with the city of Cuyahoga Falls.
Stefan has worked in the city’s planning department for eight years. He has degrees from DeVry University and the University of Akron, and he was elected to the Barberton Board of Education in 2008, where he currently serves as president.
“I have complete buy-in regarding the vision of the Planning Commission and Mayor Judge,” Stefan said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to breathe life into the Art and Entertainment District, as well as working to attract more business into town.”
Mayor William Judge said Vinay and Stefan are “great additions and will serve the city and residents well in their new capacities.”