Westmoreland County Director of Planning and Community Development, Robert Fink announced he is planning to retire at the end of October. Fink earlier this year had announced he would be retiring but a date had not been set in stone. At the October 11 Board of Supervisors meeting, Fink made the date public when the BOS passed a resolution recognizing Fink for his service to Westmoreland County.
The supervisors and Fink were very emotional in their comments, showing that there was a good working relationship between the Director and the Supervisors. Chairman Darryl Fisher described working with Fink as “standing with the best.”
Fink expressed his enjoyment of working in Westmoreland County but was also excited to finally retire.
The Director of Planning and Community Development job involves a lot of patience working with the public and sometimes involves being put in the middle of controversial issues that come before the zoning office, planning commission and BOS.
Chairman Darryl Fisher touched on this unfortunate aspects of the job but commended Fink for his ability to handle controversial issues.
“We are grateful for all of your work and all that you have done to help improve and make Westmoreland a better place,” Fisher said. “You continue to uphold the land use office as well. Nobody knows how much grief you take over it when you try to evaluate and craft new ordinances and regulations that come down the pike.”