County development office seeking new director

May 26, 1994|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll County's Office of Economic Development will cut its workload while searching for a department director, county officials told local business people yesterday.

"With our current management situation, we're going to have to hunker down and get back to basics," Robert A. "Max" Bair, assistant to the county commissioners, told the Carroll County Economic Development Commission during its monthly meeting.

"We're going to have to concentrate on things that need to get done rather than those we want to get done," he said.

Officials began searching for a new head of economic development this month when William E. Jenne, former office administrator, resigned to become a commercial loan officer with Taneytown Bank and Trust Co.

Carroll's commissioners also decided to reinstate the director's position, which had been dissolved when James Threatte left the post two years ago. Economic development office employees have been reporting to Mr. Bair since then.

"Bill was one of the hardest-working young guys I've known, and I will miss him tremendously," Paul D. Denton, president of the development commission, said yesterday.

Advertisements for the opening have started running in local newspapers, trade magazines and the Maryland Association of Counties newsletter, said Jimmie L. Saylor, head of the county's human resources department. Applications will be due June 13, she said.

"If we get less than 100 [applications], I'll be very surprised," Mr. Bair said. "I'd expect 100 to 150."

Officials then will begin interviewing applicants, which should take most of the summer, he said.

The salary, based on what directors receive in similar positions in the area, will be $44,000 to $50,000 per year, Ms. Saylor said.

Qualifications listed in the job description are a bachelor's degree in business administration, economics or a related field; experience with federal, state and private financial programs for businesses; and six years of experience in the economic development field.

The new director will report directly to the county commissioners and will supervise the marketing manager, business development representative, administrative secretary and tourism program administrator.

The appointee will be required to move to Carroll County within six months of being hired.

While county officials search for a new director, office duties will be distributed among Mr. Bair; Eileen Shields, economic development marketing manager; and Kevin Grabill, county business development representative.

In other economic development news, commission members will form a committee to look at a proposed management structure for the Carroll County Regional Airport.

Members suggested yesterday that a manager be hired on a contract basis and report to an airport advisory committee appointed by the county commissioners.

Members of the Economic Development Commission will examine and make recommendations on how much responsibility the advisory committee should have.

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