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Posted on: December 14, 2020

Leng Announces Interim Economic Development Director

Experienced Management Professional with Knowledge of Hamden to Assist During Recruitment Process

HamdenCT - Mayor Curt Balzano Leng is pleased to announce that the Town has taken swift action to ensure that the position of Economic Development Director is held by an experienced management professional, with direct knowledge of Hamden, as the Town conducts a full recruitment search to fill the position permanently. The Mayor appointed Marian Amodeo as the Interim Director effective today. 

Mrs. Amodeo is stepping in to continue oversight of departmental operations and projects on a less than full-time basis, but with the support of several other individuals already working for the Town. Mrs. Amodeo will lead the Department while a comprehensive search for a full-time Director is conducted through the Town Personnel Department, beginning formally after January 1st. 

Mrs. Amodeo formerly served as Hamden's Library Director for 7 years, but also brings with her an extensive background in municipal management as a whole. Amodeo was the Chief Library Public Services Officer for Hartford, CT, the longtime Library Director of Newington, CT, and ultimately served as Acting Town Manager for Newington before coming to Hamden.

Amodeo has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree from Southern Connecticut State University, and is also a recipient of the Hamden Chamber of Commerce's Community Advocate Award in recognition of her work and impact in Town. Her track record of working with other Town Departments and willingness to tackle any project important to the Town’s goals, as she demonstrated during her time as Hamden Library Director (even if they were not specifically library focused), were key reasons the Mayor reached out to her to help bridge the gap during the transition period. 

Commenting, Mayor Leng said, “Hamden needs to stay on course with the many successes accomplished by our retired Dev. Director and simultaneously redefine Economic Development in our Town. We’re going to keep what works moving forward and make every effort to attract business in both traditional and creative ways. Marian is stepping up to the plate with unique experience, and has the leadership and management skills needed to oversee the Department while a thorough search, with the consultation and cooperation of our outstanding Economic Development Commission, is conducted for a full-time Director. Our Town needs to be well-positioned for the arrival of a permanent Economic Development Director and Mrs. Amodeo will ensure that occurs. I thank Marian for her dedication to Hamden and willingness to oversee this crucial transition period."

Mrs. Amodeo began her role as Interim Economic Development Director today, December 14th. 

Mayor Leng has asked commission Chairman Tony Sacchetti to serve on the interview panel for the new Economic Development Director as that process moves forward, and was very thankful for the Commission’s input and updates on the position job description.

“Hamden is also very fortunate to have the opportunity to continue working with retired director Dale Kroop in his new role as the executive director of the independent nonprofit Hamden Economic Development Corporation (HEDC). Kroop will remain involved on certain special projects and grant opportunities for which his wide array of experience, talent and demonstrated skill has helped successfully manage, including some of the largest projects in Hamden such as the Newhall remediation and the cleanup and redevelopment of Rochford and Villano Parks to name a few.” commented Mayor Leng. 

The Mayor continued, “Using all of the tools that we can, in a collaborative approach, is what is needed for our town right now as we work to bring in additional development opportunities that can help lessen the tax burden on our residential owners and ultimately reach a more sustainable Hamden.”

Comments or questions should be directed to Mayor Leng’s office, at 203-287-7100.


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