Martin appoints interim Economic Development Director

st0107ststein-501.jpgABOVE: Former Land Use Bureau Chief Robin Stein in his office in 2011. (ADVOCATE)

STAMFORD — Mayor David Martin has named former Land Use Bureau Chief Robin Stein as the city’s interim economic development director.

Stein worked for the city for 36 years before retiring in 2011. In March 2011, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Stamford’s former mayor, appointed Stein chairman of the Connecticut Siting Council.

Martin has asked Stein to help the city oversee several ongoing projects, such as the UConn expansion, “hole in the ground” development, new Transportation Center and Bridgewater/boatyard controversy.

“Robin brings an accomplished background in land use policy and urban planning and will be a major asset to my administration as we address current and future development projects in the city,” Martin said in a news release issued by his office Tuesday. “He has a deep understanding of Stamford, the Master Plan, and has experience working with our local boards and commissions. I am looking forward to working with Robin in the weeks ahead.”

Stamford has been without an economic development director since Martin took office Dec. 1 and decided not to reappoint former Director of Economic Development Laure Aubuchon. Martin is still soliciting applications for the permanent position, but told elected officials earlier this month he is worried the position’s $134,295 budgeted salary is too low to attract the right candidate.