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Mark Peake retires after 25+ years of service to Newark

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The Village of Newark recently announced the retirement of Mark Peake, a dedicated Economic Development Facilitator, after more than 25 years of service. Starting his career as a Code Enforcement Officer after transferring from the Town of Arcadia, Peake’s role expanded to include economic development due to his exceptional skills and demeanor, eventually focusing solely on fostering the village’s economic growth.


During his tenure, Peake played a crucial role in the development and execution of strategic plans for Newark’s economic expansion. His contributions were pivotal in the village securing a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award in 2021. Mayor Jonathan Taylor praised Peake’s significant impact on the community, acknowledging his instrumental role in Newark’s development and growth.

As Peake embarks on retirement, the village reflects on his invaluable contributions, with Economic Development Commissioner Bob Bendix highlighting Peake’s vision and dedication to Newark’s prosperity. The community wishes Mark Peake, his wife Kelly, their children, and grandchild a fulfilling retirement, recognizing the lasting legacy of his work in Newark.