Ben is the Director of Planning and Zoning, leading and managing a staff of professional planners. The Planning and Zoning Department is charged with coordinating and directing Palatine's current and long-range planning and development activities. Ben has worked in this capacity since January 2006. Prior to that Ben worked for the City of Peoria in the Economic Development and Planning and Growth Management Departments, in various positions. Ben is a graduate of the University of Illinois, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning and a Master of Public Administration.