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A man of many plans: Manlius Director of Planning and Development David Tessier retires

— David Tessier was not your average code enforcement officer.

Tessier spent the last six years as Director of Planning and Development for the town of Manlius, where he supervised a staff of code enforcement officers and worked closely with the town planning board. He is a New York State Certified landscape architect, was Director of Planning and Development for the city of Syracuse and before coming to Manlius served more than 10 years as the Commissioner of Planning and Development for the town of Clay. He’s the president of both the Onondaga County Planning Federation and the Alumni Association at SUNY ESF, and chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals for the town of Pompey, where he lives with his wife, Linda.

Tessier retired from the position with the town of Manlius on Oct. 1.

“I’m going to miss working with the people,” he said. “The applicants and people that come into the office, and working with them on a daily basis. I’ve really enjoyed that part of the business — helping people with their plans and their ideas, and getting their site plans approved.”

It was Tessier who got the town involved with the Central New York Stormwater Coalition — which he helped to create — about two years ago. The coalition works to help communities meet the state’s stormwater management requirements while improving water quality throughout the region.

Town Supervisor Ed Theobald said Tessier’s background and expertise in architecture as well as environmental science made him impossible to replace. The town has no plans to hire a new full-time director of planning and development and instead will increase the hours of the town engineer, Doug Miller, “to fulfill baseline responsibilities at a reduced contractual rate,” said Town Councilor Nick Marzola. He said the move will save the town nearly $40,000 a year.

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