Grace Roman to Serve as New Crown Point Planning Administrator

Grace Roman to Serve as New Crown Point Planning Administrator

Grace Roman is rejoining the City of Crown Point on Sept. 6 as the  new planning administrator. Roman previously served as the assistant planner for the  city.  

“I’m excited to be returning to the City of Crown Point. It’s a great place to live, work  and play. I think of the city as my home away from home, and I want to see Crown  Point thrive,” Roman said. 

Roman is the first woman to head up the Planning Department, an accomplishment  she hopes will inspire others who are pursuing their passions. 

“Serving in this role is a great opportunity for me to show anyone out there if you have  something you are committed to, you can accomplish it by placing one foot in front of  the other,” Roman said. “Following your passions can lead you to some incredible  places.”  

Currently, Roman is serving as a GIS technician with M.E. Simpson Co. in the planning  and zoning department, a role she began in January of this year.  

Previously, Roman served as a zone consultant for the La Porte Urban Enterprise  Association; the assistant planner for the City of La Porte; and a program assistant for  the Indiana Department of Natural Resources – Lake Michigan Coastal Program. 

Roman holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and biology from Valparaiso University  and a master’s degree in geospatial sciences in geography, geology and planning from  Missouri State University. 

During her undergraduate program, Roman received the Alfred H. Meyer Award from  Valparaiso University, which recognizes the top geography major based on their  scholarship and service to the department.  

She holds a certificate in watershed management through Purdue University Extension  and a graduate certificate in environmental monitoring and sampling from Missouri  State University. From 2019 to 2021, Roman served on the Indiana Geographic  Information Council.  

“Grace is going to be an invaluable asset to the City of Crown Point and is the right  choice to lead our Planning Department,” Mayor Pete Land said. “I am confident she  will continue to lead the department in the right direction, given her previous  experience with the city and extensive knowledge not only in planning, but related  fields.” 

Roman also has completed various research projects, including a study on the U.S. 231 corridor from 113th Avenue to Iowa Street in Crown Point. 

Chief of Staff Anthony Schlueter, who worked with Roman in his previous role as  planning administrator, said her professional experience makes her the perfect fit for  the job.  

“Grace displayed excellent communication and organizational skills while serving as  assistant planner,” Schlueter said. “Her educational background in geography and  planning, along with her knowledge and experience with GIS mapping software and  data, will make her a tremendous asset as the head of the Planning Department.”