PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS, NJ – A Parsippany-Troy Hills native and longtime firefighter is now the person in charge of planning for Morris County.

The man, Joseph Barilla, was appointed by county officials as the new Morris County Planning Director, said county spokesman Larry Ragonese in a statement on Thursday. He said Barilla will “manage all aspects of the county’s Office of Planning and Preservation.”

Ragonese described Barilla as a Parsippany native who “started his educational journey at County College of Morris, where he received an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences.”

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He said Barilla then attended Rutgers University's Cook College “where he was awarded a degree in Environmental Planning and Design, plus a certificate in Urban Planning.”

Barilla, who replaces longtime planning director Christine Marion, was active in Parsippany-Troy Hills community volunteerism, according to Ragonese. “Joe has a long history of community service as a life member of the Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire Department, and now as current chief of the Manville Fire Department in Somerset County.”

Barilla first began working for Morris County government in 2006 when he was hired as a senior planner in the Development Review Section, Ragonese said. 

Relying on his 14 years of county government experience, Barilla will supervise all Morris County preservation programs, including open space, historic and farmland, as well as the county's flood mitigation and recreational trail construction programs, Ragonese said.

“In addition, he also will oversee the activities of the Morris County Planning Board and the Long Range and Development Review Section of the Office of Planning & Preservation,” he added.

"It is a privilege to follow in the footsteps of Christine Marion, who did such an outstanding job for the county,” Barilla said. Marion held the post for 38 years.

“I look forward to continuing to have our office provide excellent service to the residents of Morris County,'' said Barilla.