Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin announced April 7 that Denise Januska has been appointed as director of Aurora's planning-zoning-building department.

Womer Benjamin said earlier this week she will ask City Council to approve an $85,000 annual salary for Januska.

Januska, who has served as interim director since January 2014, has been with the city since 2006. She has a master's degree in planning, 20 years of planning experience and a working knowledge of existing policies, procedures and regulations in Aurora.

She also has developed relationships with Aurora's various boards, businesses and resident, according to Womer Benjamin.

"Denise has demonstrated professionalism and a breadth of knowledge in the planning arena which will serve Aurora well, particularly as we consider opportunities in the Geauga Lake area with the proposed rezoning to mixed-use," Womer Benjamin said.

"I am looking forward to Denise's continuing contributions to Aurora's success."

"I would like to thank Mayor Womer Benjamin for the opportunity to be the next planning-zoning-building director," Januska said.

"It's with great pleasure and excitement to accept the position, and I'm looking forward to contributing to Aurora's future."

She takes over for former director Rich Wehrenberg, whom the mayor did not reappoint when she started her four-year term Jan. 1. She also did not reappoint Law Director Alan Shorr, choosing to name Dean DePiero to the post.

Under the city's charter, the mayor has the authority to appoint department heads and assistants to serve in his or her administration.