Earlier this week,  the Presque Isle City Council announced its new leader for the City’s Department of Economic and Community Development.

Galen Weibley from York County, Pennsylvania was chosen, after months of searching,  to join the City’s Departmental Leadership Team to lead the city’s efforts in promoting economic growth and strategic planning for the region.

Weibley introduced himself at the Presque Isle City Council meeting on December 4th. He provided councilors a brief background during the meeting. Weibley is a graduate of Delaware Valley University’s horticultural sciences program and is an alumni of the University of Penn State’s Rural Urban Leadership (RULE) Program.

Prior to his appointment to Presque Isle, Galen served as the youngest Township Supervisor and Board Chairman in Hellam Township’s history.  During his introduction to councilors, Galen spoke of his firsthand experience leading the township with a population of 6,043 in zoning reforms that expanded business operations and created hundreds of new jobs to area residents. Galen said he was eager to apply for the position because it afforded him the opportunity to combine his passions in agriculture and outdoor recreation with his experiences in strategic planning, economic development, and leadership.  “

City Manager Martin Puckett noted that Weibley "checked all the boxes in what the search committee was looking for and then some."

Weibley stated he is looking forward to listening to businesses, residents, and stakeholders when developing the city’s new department.