Every month, the Planning Commission highlights one of its staff members. Transportation Planner Eric Quinn joined the team in December. Eric discussed how he arrived at the Planning Commission and also shared information about his life philosophy, interests, and more.
Where are you from? I was born in Wilmington, Delaware and lived in Claymont, Delaware until I was 13. We ended up moving to West Grove and I graduated from Avon Grove High School.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? I don’t recall any particular occupation specifically. Geography and architecture always caught my interest. In addition, at the age of 13 I had an extensive collection of ADC Maps.
What was your first job? When I was 14 years old, I filled out my working papers and my first job was as a store clerk at Pyle’s Home and Supply in Avondale.
What did you study in college? I received an associate’s degree in civil engineering technology from Delaware Technical Community College and a bachelor’s degree in urban and environmental planning from West Chester University. In addition, I’m currently working on my master’s degree.
How did you get into planning? My appreciation for geography and GIS landed me in the Geography and Planning Department at West Chester University. As I pursued my undergraduate degree, I realized that the planning classes grabbed my attention the most.
How did you arrive at the Chester County Planning Commission? One of my professors thought I would be a good fit for the Planning Commission and suggested I apply for the position. I’m grateful for her insight.
What three words best describe you? attentive, diligent, observant
What is something colleagues don’t know about you? I’m a foodie, I love to cook, and I’m always ready to try new restaurants.
What is your life philosophy? I try to live by the philosophy of the golden rule.
What is your favorite place in Chester County? My wife and I enjoy exploring Marsh Creek State Park and I also frequent the trails at Harmony Hill Nature Area.
Where would we find you after hours? There’s a good chance I’m cycling somewhere in Chester County.
What’s the last book you read? “The View from the Cheap Seats” by Neil Gaiman