Nearly a year after longtime municipal planner Lee Solow announced his retirement, Princeton has announced his replacement. Michael La Place was introduced at the January 28 council meeting.

Since 2007 La Place has been Passaic County’s director of planning and economic development. He was previously director of community development in Plainsboro, where he oversaw planning for the new Village Center and public library.

Born in New Brunswick, La Place was raised in Piscataway and attended George Washington University, where he majored in American studies with a concentration in architectural and urban history. He earned a master’s in urban and regional planning from George Washington in 1989.

Also recently appointed is Michael Volpe, whom the Board of Education has named assistant superintendent for human resources. He replaces Lew Goldstein, who retired in January after 19 years with the district.

Volpe starts with the district on April 16. He is currently director of human resources for the public schools in Hillsborough, where he lives. He had previously been an English teacher, high school vice principal, and elementary school principal.