Florence hires new economic development director

Harvey Krauss has been hired as Florence’s new economic development director and senior planner, He was an applicant for the vacant town manager position.

By Janet Perez | YourValley

Harvey Krauss applied for the vacant position of Florence’s town manager. Instead, he has been hired as the town’s new economic development director and senior planner.

“This does not remove him from any future consideration for vacant positions,” said Lisa Garcia, town clerk and interim town manager.
Several people have been interviewed for the town manager position, but a decision has yet to be made.

The economic development director post was created in 2021. Late last year, Florence’s first economic development director, Elan Vallender, resigned to return to his home state of Texas. Prior to coming to Florence, he had worked as the senior economic development specialist for Apache Junction.

“I very much enjoy local government management, and I’m excited about the opportunity to assist the town of Florence with maintaining and building on the outstanding quality of life which residents and businesses strongly value and have come to expect over the years,” Krauss wrote in his application letter for the town manager position.

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