GIS Coordinator, Planning Dept.
Delaware County Employee of the Month
Spencer DeVaul was hired on 12/1/1997 as an GIS Technician
for the Planning Department. He was then promoted to GIS
Analyst on 8/21/00, and later promoted to GIS Coordinator on
Spencer has been the corner stone for developing the
enhanced GIS program that is now used by Delaware County
Departments, municipalities and private entities; including
surveyors, real estate agents and local engineers. He has
kept himself apprised of changes in the technology that have
allowed the County GIS platform to be one of the most
advanced in the state. He has worked closely with the
planning staff to develop advanced uses for GIS that have
been duplicated in other parts of the region including the
creation of the highway management inventory that set the
foundation for highway management planning throughout the
New York City Watershed.
Spencer had played a key role in many programs throughout
the County. These include using the GIS as a basis for
research on the impact of land acquisition on local
community development tends and long term sustainability.
His work has been the basis for blind siting studies to
determine the best location for facilities based on property
conditions, natural features and location. He has made
monumental advances in the way we evaluate and analyze land
use impacts to communities based on data sets he developed.
He helped develop (and administers) the County COMIT site
for public use. He played a critical role in the addressing
for the 911 system as it was being developed.
Spencer is a true team member and has proven to be capable
of working with any project team. He works closely with DPW,
Economic Development, Watershed Affairs, Real Property Tax
Services, NYC DEP and Soil and Water on a regular basis. He
provides mapping services to local communities, fire
departments and on occasion school districts. He has also
provided project management and oversight on the development
of source water protection plans, storm water management
plans and highway management plans. He has provided
planning assistance for the TPAS program on numerous
occasions when we have been short staffed and he excelled in
that role. Spencer has been essential to the Emergency
Command Center during flood and snow events, as he helps DPW
map road routes and provide mapping for closed roads. He is
flexible, easy to get along with and always willing to take
on a new challenge.
Spencer is a well-rounded and enthusiastic employee that
commits himself fully to the task at hand. Spencer has
worked around the clock helping put grant applications
together, complete plans and provide assistance in any way
possible to his fellow co-workers. There are no task he is
unwilling to do often providing support by stuffing hundreds
of envelopes for mass mailing, collating thousands of pages
for report duplications and grant applications, pouring over
spreadsheets to proof complicated budgets and even running
for pizza during all nighters to get grants done on time.
Spencer is the type of employee we should all strive to be,
liked and respected by his co-workers peers and supervisors.
Spencerís family is his parents Albert and Mary Jean DeVaul
and Sister Kady Jean Galusha.
Spencerís Hobby is golfing.
Congratulations and Thank You, Spencer on a job well done.