Rhonda Botti Sowers has been Danbury Township's zoning inspector for nearly 10 years. She has done a remarkable job managing our largest department with the smallest budget of all departments.
Sixteen people comprise our zoning staff including Rhonda, her assistant Deb Burley Biro and the members of our Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals. Rhonda works closely with each department member to make sure they are properly trained with all the information and tools necessary to make decisions.
Agencies and professionals regularly contact her for her advice and recommendation on zoning issues including situations clearly and concisely. Often the answer is not what people want to hear but her ability to explain zoning ensures an individual understands the rules when they leave her office. Rhonda immediately provides zoning information without question to anyone who requests it via phone, fax, email, regular mail or in person.
When charges are filed it is done because someone has chosen to not comply with zoning law. In a position as critical as zoning inspector it is easy to become the target of retaliation accusations and unjust negativity. In fact, both the circulator of a petition to remove Rhonda from her position and a person posting inflammatory blogs were cited with zoning violations twice. Each had to bring their property into compliance.
The trustees know full well this is a crucial, demanding position. If you are asked to sign a petition or post comments on a blog we ask that you first consider the source and motive, because we have. Rhonda's dedication to her job, knowledge of her position and strong management of her department has made our board very proud. We fully support her and thank her for a continuing job well done. Rhonda is an extremely valuable employee to us. We look forward to a productive, long-term working relationship with her.
Dianne M. Rozak David M. Hirt
John C. Englebeck Danbury Twp. trustees