Sandwich Names New Town Planner

Sandwich selectmen approved Blair Haney's appointment as the town's planning and economic development director on August 7. - Sandwich selectmen approved Blair Haney's appointment as the town's planning and economic development director on August 7.

The assistant director of planning for the City of Peabody will be Sandwich’s planning and economic development director.

Town manager George H. Dunham appointed Blair Haney, and selectmen approved that appointment August 7.

Mr. Haney, who will report to the town building inspector, is scheduled to start work around September 2.

In a letter Monday to the board of selectmen, Mr. Dunham stated the town’s interview team came to a unanimous consensus that Mr. Haney was the best candidate for the position.

“Since 2005,” the town manager stated, “Mr. Haney has been employed by the City of Peabody, [MA] as the assistant director of planning, where he is responsible for a wide variety of planning, economic development, capital project management, infrastructure improvement, and grant writing functions.”

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According to Mr. Dunham, references described Mr. Haney as professional, hardworking, and dependable and called him very knowledgeable about planning and economic development principles and their effective application.

“They further described him as being articulate and a great collaborator with his co-workers, supervisors and board members,” the town manager stated.

Among those giving Mr. Haney a vote of confidence was former Sandwich town planner Nathan Jones, whose departure last month for the position of director of planning and development for Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania, created the opening for a new Sandwich planner.

Mr. Jones, who previously worked with Mr. Haney in Peabody, gave the interview team what Mr. Dunham called “excellent feedback” on Mr. Haney’s knowledge, skills and abilities.

In a letter applying for the Sandwich job, Mr. Haney wrote that his decision to seek the position “is driven by my desire for new challenges.”

“My personal and professional experiences have taken me around the country and through a range of occupations… I believe these varied experiences have prepared me well for the dynamic environment of working as the planning director,” Mr. Haney wrote.

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