Town of Penfield welcomes new Director of Developmental Services, Director of Communications

The Town of Penfield announces the hiring of Kerry Ivers, Director of Developmental Services and Chris Tanea, Director of Communications.

Ivers comes to Penfield from the Town of Irondequoit where she served as Director of Community Development. In this role, Ivers served as the primary conduit for all commercial, mixed-use, multi-family development and redevelopment projects, overseeing the Town’s planning efforts and assisting the Town Board with code updates and additions.

Ivers replaces longtime Director of Developmental Services Jim Costello who recently retired after 40 years of service to the Town of Penfield.

To contact Kerry, please call (585) 340-8642 or email

Kerry Ivers, Director of Developmental Services:
“It’s an honor and a privilege to bring my skills and experience to work for the Town of Penfield. I look forward to working with our business community and furthering Penfield’s reputation as an excellent place for businesses to grow.”

Chris Tanea replaces Information Coordinator Phyllis Ely who also recently retired. Tanea previously held communications and public relations roles for public sector and nonprofit organizations.

To contact Chris, please call (585) 340-8647 or email

Chris Tanea, Director of Communications:
“I am excited to join the Town of Penfield and begin enhancing communications and outreach between the Town and its residents.”

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