Pasco County has done some reorganization — resulting in the confirmation of David Engel as the county’s planning and economic growth director.
Engel previously was the county’s economic growth director. With his new role he will oversee zoning, the county’s new planning services team and economic growth.
Engel was recommended for the role by Roy Mazur, assistant county administrator.
“I feel great about entrusting the direction of this new group to Mr. David Engel,” Mazur said, in comments to the Pasco County Commission at its Feb. 6 meeting.
The board voted 5-0 to confirm Engel to the post, which has an annual salary of $161,000.
Engel thanked the board for considering his confirmation.
“We’re at a crossroads. I know that everybody has expectations — leadership, executive team, the team that I work with on a daily basis,” he said.
“My mission is to reach those expectations and make the county a better place to live for tomorrow,” he said.
In making the recommendation, Mazur noted Engel’s extensive planning and economic growth expertise.
According to background materials in the agenda packet, Engel has more than 20 years of experience in city and county government, specializing in urban and transportation planning, affordable housing, and economic development and redevelopment.
The background materials also say that Engel holds a Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) degree from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Regional Sciences from George Washington University.
Additionally, Engel has been affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1980.
Published February 14, 2024