Rockport Town Planner to step down

By Dwight Collins | Jun 24, 2014
Photo by: Dwight Collins Rockport Planning and Community Development Director Bill Najpauer, Feb. 18, at Rockport Town Office.

Rockport — Planning and Community Development Director William Najpauer has made a huge impact on the town of Rockport, according to town officials, who were notified of his resignation June 23.

Town manager Richard Bates made the announcement that Najpaur will be leaving his post. Najpauer was hired in May 2013 to replace Tom Ford, who retired.

“Unfortunately it is a decision he doesn't want to make, but has to make,” Bates said. “He has done a lot for the town in a short period of time and he will be missed.”

Bates said the position has been posted and he has been in contact with Rodney Lynch to contract with the town to help oversee the Community Block Development Grant implementation. Najpauer will also consult on a contract basis, according to Bates.

Select Board member Tracy Lee Murphy said she was appreciative of the work Najpauer has accomplished during his year in Rockport and said the $500,000 worth of grant money he brought to the town was “ an amazing amount of money to bring in just a year and is a testament to him staying on top of things."

Selectman Ken McKinley reflected Murphy's sentiment adding, “He has been great to work with on the Ordinance Review Committee and the Sewer Committee, he jump-started that sewer ordinance situation new to the game and got it done. I was very impressed and he will be missed, no doubt about that.”

No further details were released about Najpauer's impending departure.

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