The Development Authority of Columbia County is forging ahead with plans for hiring an executive director by spring.
At its Wednesday board meeting, the panel revealed that it has received about 30 resumes since advertising the job in early January to replace former executive director Troy Post, whose contract was not renewed.
“My hope is that, barring something strange, we can have the job filled by the end of March,” search committee chairman Doug Duncan said.
Columbia County commissioners voted in December not to renew Post’s contract. The decision not to rehire Post, who left Dec. 31, was jointly made by Columbia County and the Development Authority, authority chairman Mark Wills said.
Post was described as a “great employee” by Wills, who said the board is looking at moving in a new direction.
Post was hired four years ago for his prowess in industrial development, Wills said, but the mindset has shifted within the county to focus more on retail.
“They’re going to have to build those same type of relationships with the retail industry just like they’re doing with the industrial industry,” Wills said of Post’s replacement. “They’re both important.”
A phone message left for Post on Wednesday was not immediately returned.
While the search committee will have the final decision in the hire, Wills said that they will seek input from outside sources. The Development Authority of Columbia County receives partial funding from the county government but operates as a separate entity, Wills said.