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Pioneer Valley Planning Commission Reaffirms Kimberly Robinson as New Executive Director

SPRINGFIELD — Though the result ultimately remained the same, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission reconvened two weeks after receiving a complaint of non-compliance with Massachusetts open-meeting law due to the use of anonymous ballots in the governing body’s original selection process.

By a vote of 18-0, Kimberly Robinson was selected to take the helm of the state-designated planning agency for the 43 cities and towns of Hampden and Hampshire counties, as long-time Executive Director Tim Brennan prepares to bring his 45-plus years of service at the commission to a close in the next few months.

“This Commission strives for excellence every day and, upon learning we had inadvertently fallen out of compliance with open-meeting law, worked vigorously with legal counsel to rectify the situation, which I’m pleased to say we now have done,” said PVPC Chairman Walter Gunn. “Now that this technical speed bump has been overcome, we are incredibly thrilled to begin contract negotiations with Ms. Robinson in earnest and cannot be happier with the candidate this selection process produced to take the helm here at the commission.”

An exact transition date will be determined subject to contract negotiations between Robinson and the commission.