The Sterling Heights City Council confirmed Jason Castor as the City’s new City Development Director at its regular meeting on Feb. 20.
Castor has worked for the City of Sterling Heights for 20 years and served as Interim City Development Director since the retirement of Denice Gerstenberg in September.
Prior to serving as Interim Director of City Development, Castor most recently served as City Development Manager since 2015 and previously held the position of Civil Engineer. Castor has worked for the City of Sterling Heights his entire professional career; he began his work for the City of Sterling Heights as an Engineering Co-Op in 1998. Castor graduated from Lawrence Technological University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.
In his time with the City, Castor has worked on a number of impactful projects including serving as the City’s liaison to the Clinton River Watershed Council for activities and improvements which included the first canoe landing along the Clinton River in Sterling Heights installed in 2014. He helped to design the first-ever green infrastructure project as part of the Senior Center parking lot restoration in 2016. Castor is also the City’s current Floodplain Manager.
Castor has served as an active team member in the Recreating Recreation initiative and served as project management for the Public Works Fuel Station and the Schoenherr Road Sidewalk Projects. In his time in the City Development Department, he as worked closely with the MDEQ, FEMA, the Macomb County Drain Commissioner’s Office and many other community partners and levels of government.
City Manager Mark Vanderpool said he believes Castor is a great fit for Director of City Development.
“We’re thrilled to have Jason take the leadership role in City Development as he brings a host of institutional knowledge and experience to the position,” Vanderpool said. “Jason was identified early-on as an up-and-coming leader and asked to join the Visioning 2030 team in 2014 to help the City think big about future projects.”
Those with questions or those seeking more information can contact Community Relations Director Bridget Kozlowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (586) 446-2471.