After his first day on the job, Vince DeJoy has many ideas on how to improve Jamestown, but is still learning on how to work the city's phone system.
DeJoy was sworn in as director of development for the city of Jamestown during Monday's City Council meeting. He had written a letter of resignation from City Council, effective Feb. 24, which was read by James Olson, city clerk. As he resigned Sunday, DeJoy officially began his position with the Department of Development on Monday.
"I'm extremely excited as you can imagine," DeJoy said. "It's the first day of the job, and I started off just as busy as could be. As the mayor mentioned, there are many code enforcement issues that need to be looked into. We need to get started on the (Community Development Block Grant) application process."
Vince DeJoy is sworn in as director of development by James Olson, city clerk.
P-J photo by Liz Skoczylas
However, the first day on the job wasn't without a few minor issues for DeJoy.
"The phones were (a problem). I don't know how to use voicemail yet," he joked. "And, just doing some of the technical stuff, logging onto websites I needed (was hard). But other than that, it was a very productive first day."
As director of development, DeJoy has already begun looking toward projects to tackle. He said he has already spoken with groups such as the Empire State Development Corporation, Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation to work toward collaboration.
"I'm very sincere and passionate about Jamestown and Chautauqua County," DeJoy said. "I'm going to be doing everything I can to help bring economic development not only to our city, but to our county. When everything else is going well, I think it just lifts up all of us."
Also during Monday's meeting, Mayor Sam Teresi announced that Marie Carrubba will be filling the city council seat left open by DeJoy for Ward IV. Additionally, Maria Jones, D-Ward V, was appointed to the Board of Public Utilities Board of Directors, of which DeJoy was a City Council representative. Finally, Tony Dolce, R-Ward II, was appointed as the council's finance committee chairman, a title previously held by DeJoy. And, Carrubba was also appointed to the finance committee.
Teresi spoke highly of Jones' qualifications and experience as the newest BPU board member. In addition to working in the private sector, Teresi said being a female also sets Jones apart.
"There have only been two females ever to serve on the Board of Public Utilities, and I think we need to start correcting that," Teresi said. "I'm looking forward to Councilwoman Jones and bringing with her her interests not only with the city, but also her background from a manufacturing perspective and the importance of that."
Carrubba, who is replacing DeJoy, is a resident of Widrig Avenue in the city. According to Teresi, she is formerly from Dunkirk, but has lived in the city for most of her life. She has served as the executive director of Southwestern Independent Living Center in Jamestown since 1984. Additionally, she serves on many boards and committees throughout the area.