Jacobs named new Centre County deputy administrator

BELLEFONTE — Centre County has a new deputy administrator.

The Centre County Commissioners have announced that Robert B. Jacobs has taken over the post this week. Jacobs fills the position after having served as director of Planning and Community Development for the past 15 years. He succeeds former deputy administrator Natalie Corman, who was appointed as administrator of mental health/intellectual disability/early intervention – drug and alcohol in August.

“Bob has been with Centre County since 2000,” said Centre County administrator Margaret Gray. “He doesn’t look different, but he has new responsibilities. We’re very happy to have him join us in this capacity.”

Jacobs began his tenure with Centre County Government in 2000 as assistant director of Planning and Community Development and was later promoted to director in 2003.

As director of Planning and Community Development, he oversees the preparation of comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances, grant administration, transportation planning, improvement of water and sewer infrastructure and public outreach in areas that include zoning and land development and agricultural land preservation. His leadership in this area has been instrumental in shaping and implementing the county’s community development initiatives.

“Jacobs has formed relationships with representatives of the county’s 35 municipalities, demonstrated an extensive depth of knowledge and proven himself a leader in his field,” Gray said in a release. “We are looking forward to working with Jacobs in his new role and know that he will continue to provide excellent leadership to Centre County. Among his responsibilities as Deputy Administrator will be the oversight and management of the county’s capital projects and facilities.”