Search for new director under way
The search for a new Leavenworth Area Development director will "start in earnest right now," said Chris Donnelly, LAD president.
Donnelly said LAD, an organization interested in promoting economic growth in Leavenworth County, delayed its director search until after the holidays. Advertising for the position was to begin this month, he said.
There is no timetable for hiring a new director.
"It's critical LAD get the right individual to run the show," Donnelly said. "It's important we take the time necessary to find someone who's the right fit."
The October 2003 resignation of former LAD director Bill Schulte created the vacancy. Schulte took over the helm at LAD in December 2002, but said he resigned because he and LAD didn't mesh.
A search committee consisting of members of the LAD board of directors is coordinating the search for a new director.
Candidates for the position will most likely be from within the region, Donnelly said.
"We think it's going to be more of a Midwest search," the president said. "But we're not opposed to looking at anyone from anywhere."
Leavenworth Area Development works closely with Leavenworth County officials and officials in cities throughout the county to promote growth and development.
The organization includes approximately 50 members and 17 board members.
Board members include representatives from city and county government as well as those from the private sector.