Waldoboro Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs announced the hiring of Emily Reinholt, of Edgecomb, as the town’s new planner Oct. 28.
The position has been open since May when the town’s most recent planner, Willa Antczak, left to work as membership and development manager for the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust.
“I’m really excited to start working with Waldoboro,” Reinholt said at the Waldoboro Board of Selectmen’s Oct. 28 meeting.
Reinholt said she believes there is a lot of momentum in Waldoboro and she hopes to be a catalyst for it.
Reinholt will work for the town part-time, around 20 hours per week, starting Oct. 29, according to Briggs.
“I believe she’ll be a valuable resource as we begin a 2015 look at the comprehensive plan and all the ordinances,” Briggs said.
In an interview outside the meeting, Reinholt said she worked for the last three and a half years for the Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission as a community planning specialist.
At the commission, Reinholt said she focused primarily on agriculture and arts and culture, and also provided geographic information system services to the office and county planner, among many other responsibilities.
Reinholt said she focused a lot of her work for the commission in Waldoboro, which helped familiarize her with the work already going on in the business community and develop a rapport with some of the town’s business owners.
Reinholt expects to transition easily into the town planner role for Waldoboro.
“There’s a lot I’ll be able to pick up where Willa left off,” she said.
Reinholt left the LCRPC in September to pursue her own business, Emily Brook Design and Consulting, where she aims to use technology to help towns and businesses better manage their resources and better engage their markets.
Reinholt holds a master’s degree in community planning and development from the Muskie School of Public Service.