The Town of Erie has appointed a new planning and development director.
According to a news release, Sarah Nurmela was named to the position. Her first day was Monday.
“I am excited to work in a community that values equity, inclusivity, and strategic, high-quality growth,” Nurmela said in the release. “I am looking forward to working with the staff, residents and the Board of Trustees to fulfill the town’s vision of a holistic, vital community.”
Nurmela graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in architecture before earning a master’s degree from Harvard University in urban planning, with a focus in affordable housing and urban design. She previously worked for the City of Westminster as the principal planner, and then as the downtown real estate and development manager.
Her most recent experience came with the City and County of Denver, where she has worked as planning and implementation manager since 2019.
Nurmela was one of four finalists for the position, which had been narrowed down from a competitive pool of both local and national applicants, according to the news release.
The planning and development director is in charge of the development and implementation of Erie’s Comprehensive Plan, Unified Development Code and Town Center Plan. The director also is an advisor to the town administrator, Board of Trustees and other volunteer boards and commissions.