MERIDEN — City Planner Bob Seale is leaving his post after three years to move closer to family in Idaho.
Seale submitted his resignation, effective Dec. 7, this week. Seale has accepted a job as community development director for the city of Post Falls, Idaho, to be closer to family in Idaho and Washington.
“I’m 3,000 miles away, so I’m lucky if I get home once a year,” the 40-year-old Seale said.
Seale became the city’s director of development and enforcement in 2015, replacing longtime City Planner Dominick Caruso. He came to Meriden from Greenwich, where he served as the deputy director of planning and zoning and assistant town planner.
Seale said he will miss his role in Meriden and was happy to be a part of development and revitalization projects over the past few years.
“I’m going to miss a great team that I’ve really grown to respect and rely on in order to do what we're doing in Meriden,” Seale said. “...We’re at a point in Meriden’s future where you can really see the major transition, and I’m happy to be a part of that. I wish I could have stayed longer to see more of it come to fruition.”
Seale said the job would be a “good place for any ambitious city planner that wants to be involved with large projects and be part of the changing and growing of the city.”
Economic Development Director Juliet Burdelski said of Seale, “I think all would agree that Bob has done a great job over the past few years.”
“He has made it a priority to get applications processed and to find creative ways to advance development proposals throughout the city,” she said in an email Thursday. “He will be missed but we wish him well as he continues his career in the Pacific Northwest.”
City Manager Tim Coon, who started in September, said Seale is “a great employee from what I can tell.”
“He organized his department well and his department appears to be functioning efficiently,” Coon said. “...He was an important individual and we got along great and I’m sorry to see him go and I wish him well.”
Seale is the third city department head to leave their post since September. Public Works Director Bob Bass retired on Sept. 4 after announcing his plans to retire earlier this year and was replaced by Howard Weissberg, the city’s associate city engineer. Human Resources Director Marci Nogueira, hired last year, resigned Oct. 12 for unspecified reasons.
Coon said the city will be conducting interviews to fill Nogueira’s position in the near future and he expects the position will be filled in early December. He doesn’t have a timetable for replacing Seale, but would like to hire someone “as soon as possible.”