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Posted: 11/14/12

DDA begins discussions
on hiring new director

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer
      The Romeo Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is looking to hire a new executive director in early 2013.
       The DDA formed a hiring committee during its Nov. 7 meeting to begin the process of finding a new executive director to handle day-to-day operations, communications and researching grants.
       DDA Executive Director Kim Hale submitted her resignation in late October, stating her last day would be Nov. 1. Although she has begun a full-time job elsewhere, she said she is willing to spend time training a new director. She expressed to the board in an exit interview that it should hire a new director as soon as possible.
       DDA Chairperson Merrick Maris III said a hiring committee made up of himself, DDA Director Matt Ponke and DDA Vice-chairperson Randy Seidel will talk about the position and determine the necessary criteria before posting the job.
       "We want a person that's going to connect with the community and business owners," he said. "It's key that we find somebody that wants to do the position and they're looking for something that would hopefully be a long-term commitment for them."
       Village President, DDA Secretary and DDA Liaison Mike Lee said he expects the board would hire someone in January or at the beginning of February due to the upcoming holidays.
       "We could grab someone from the local area, but we can't necessarily force our employment to be a Romeo resident," he said. "They should have good personal skills and know their way around the computer."
       Lee said he would handle some of the duties performed by the director in the interim. The part-time executive director position does not have voting powers on the DDA board.


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