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 Thaddeus Cohen

Thaddeus L. Cohen
Department Head

Thaddeus L. Cohen

Thaddeus Cohen joined the Collier County Growth Management Department in August 2017 and serves as the Department Head overseeing more than 520 full-time employees and a budget of more than $242 million.  Mr. Cohen leads a diverse organization with responsibilities that include: three airports; Building Review and Permitting; Code Enforcement; Zoning and Future Land Use; Roads and Bridges; Transportation Engineering; Coastal Zone Management; Capital Projects; Stormwater Management; Roadway Landscaping; Environmental Planning; Pollution Control and Prevention; Geographic Information System (GIS); as well as Growth Management Operations and Regulatory Management.  

Mr. Cohen has a Bachelor of Architecture degree and has served in many management positions over the years including; as a planning director of Key West, Fla, executive director of various Community Redevelopment Agencies; and assistant city manager of Pensacola, Fla.; is a former secretary of the Florida Department of Community Affairs and was president of Thaddeus Cohen Architect, PA.

Some of Mr. Cohen’s past civic and business leadership positions include: President of the Palm Beach Chapter of the American Institute of Architects; Board Member of 1000 Friends of Florida; Chairman of the Palm Beach County Affordable Housing Commission; Board Member of the Broward Alliance Economic Development Council; Urban Land Institute member – Florida Committee for Regional Cooperation, Chair of the Florida Community Trust; Board Member of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation; and Florida Department of Environmental Protection Land Acquisition and Restoration Council member.