Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. is pleased to welcome Mr. James Errickson as the new Executive Director of Planning and Development for the City. With the addition of Mr. Errickson to the Senior Management Team, the Mayor also moved the official location of the Planning Office to Room 25, Second Floor of City Hall and decided to change the name to Office of Planning and Development.
Mr. Errickson came to Everett from the city of Lowell where he served as the Urban Renewal Project Manager, managing all city projects, overseeing private projects and ensuring regulatory compliance with the city’s renewal districts. A major focus of this work included the day-to-day project management of the 15-acre Hamilton Canal District redevelopment project and associated public infrastructure improvements, which represented an estimated $700 million investment in Lowell.
Mr. Errickson previously held the position of Associate Planner/Planning Board Administrator for the City of Lowell. In this role, he administered the special permit, site plan review, and subdivision review processes before the Lowell Planning Board. James was also active within the Lowell community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for a Better Acre, CDC and the Revolving Museum, an urban arts organization providing transformative programs for youth ages 12-22.
James holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY and a Masters in Regional Planning (MRP) degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Mr. Errickson is excited about the opportunity to work in Everett, a city with similar challenges and opportunities to Lowell. Mr. Errickson notes the strong history of the City and the Community Development office; the Mayor’s commitment to revitalize industry and jobs in the city, along with the ability to work with a talented office of professionals was key in his decision to accept the position.