HAVERHILL – The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission has appointed Jerrard Whitten of Newbury as the new executive director.
Commission President Robert Snow said in a press release that Whitten “brings considerable experience in planning and economic development along with strong regional relations. Jerrard has a great knowledge and understanding of the work of the Planning Commission, already which has been an integral part of the organization since 1995 ”.
Whitten has been a key contributor to the commission for 26 years and has extensive experience in community planning, economic development, environmental management, information technology and transportation systems, according to the statement.
Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, he served as the commission’s geographic information systems and information technology manager.
The commission hired Community Paradigm Associates and its director, former Lowell City Manager Bernard Lynch, to hire candidates for the position. Whitten was selected from 22 candidates.
In the statement, Written said: “For years I have seen the extraordinary quality of the work done by my colleagues in the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission and appreciate how they accept the organization’s commitment to helping this region thrive. I recognize that It will be a privilege to be an executive director and I am delighted to continue working with this dedicated team on behalf of all the municipalities we serve. “
Whitten previously worked as the commission’s environmental planner, economic development / information technology consultant for Inteco in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and as project manager at the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory in Durham, New Hampshire.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire with a master’s degree in resource management science and a bachelor’s degree in resource economics.