Warren closer to new economic development director

Mar. 28, 2014 @ 05:35 PM

WARRENTON — Warren County may soon have a new director of economic development. But who that might be and what qualifications the candidate brings to the position are not yet available to the public.

On Thursday, the Economic Development Commission spent more than an hour in closed session before voting to make an offer to the as-yet-unnamed candidate.

EDC Chairman Brady Martin convened the special meeting to consider a candidate for the director’s position. A second item related to an industrial recruitment project was dropped from the proposed agenda.

Commission member Peter Deschenes moved to go into closed session. The motion passed unanimously.

The closed session was based on General Statute 143-318.11 (6), “to consider the qualifications, competence, performance, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment” of a candidate. The statute states that final action must be taken in an open meeting.

After more than an hour, the commission returned to open session. .

“I move that we proceed to the next step in the candidate hiring process,” Deschenes said.

After Martin clarified the next step as making an offer to the candidate, the commission voted unanimously in favor of the motion.

Martin explained that once the candidate and commission agree on terms, the candidate’s name will be recommended to the Board of Commissioners, which will make the final hiring decision.

Peggy Richardson, EDC senior administrative assistant, has served as interim economic development director since June 5, 2013.

 

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