Mayor Williams Thanks Planning Director for Public Service Upon Departure

Posted on  04/10/2014 10:32 am

On Friday, April 11, 2014, Sophia Hanson, Director of Planning, will depart the City of Wilmington after serving more than 11 years as a city planner in Wilmington.

During her tenure with the City, Ms. Hanson performed and supervised a variety of core planning functions, including the oversight of the City’s Planning Commission, Design Review and Preservation Commission, Neighborhood Planning Councils and the Access Wilmington and Bike Wilmington Committees. She also supervised planning analyses, land use studies, comprehensive planning, community development, historic reviews, major and minor subdivision reviews and federal environmental reviews. Ms. Hanson served an integral role in the revitalization of the City’s Neighborhood Planning Councils, and worked diligently to serve our City and citizens through active and responsive civic engagement.
Under Ms. Hanson’s leadership, the City of Wilmington was recently selected as one of only eight cities from across the country to attend the 2014 Community Progress Leadership Institute held at Harvard Law School. Ms. Hanson and a delegation comprised of City, County, nonprofit and community leaders participated in an intensive four-day workshop focused on creating solutions to address issues of vacant housing and neighborhood blight.

“Ms. Hanson has devoted more than a decade of her life to being a public servant who tirelessly served the City and citizens of Wilmington through her many roles within the Planning Department. I know Ms. Hanson looks forward to her new opportunity with New Castle County, and I am grateful for service under the Williams’ Administration and all she has done for the community,” said Mayor Dennis P. Williams.

Ms. Hanson will take on a new role as Acting General Manager of Community Services for New Castle County, subject to confirmation by County Council. Her duties will include overseeing a wide range of services provided to New Castle County residents and visitors, such as housing and community development, libraries, senior services and the County park system. Ms. Hanson will assume her new position on April 28, 2014.