Counties continue search for economic directors (DOCUMENTS)

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 04:33 PM.

The EDC began advertising for a new executive director Feb. 11 on the websites of the Florida Economic Development Council and the International Economic Development Council. The deadline to apply is March 15.

Resumes, supporting documents and references can be emailed to Britton anticipates phone interviews with select candidates to begin the week of April 1. Final on-site interviews likely will take place about two weeks later, and the announcement of a new director could be about May 1.

“I think Larry (Sassano, former longtime EDC president) did a great job when he was in there (and those are going to be) tough shoes to fill,” Britton said. “If we do our due diligence right as the search committee, we’ll find the right person.”

The deadline to apply for Santa Rosa County’s director of economic development is March 1. As of the end of last week, about 40 people had applied and another 10 to 15 are expected by time the application period closes, County Administrator Hunter Walker said.

Santa Rosa County has contracted with the search firm KiJobGrowth to oversee the search for a permanent director of the county’s economic development department, which was created last year. Resumes, supporting documents and references can be sent to

The timeline to interview applicants has not been finalized, but Walker said he hopes to have someone onboard in the May to June time frame.

“It’s very important,” Walker said. “This will be our first economic development director that’s worked directly for the county. It’s going to be a director-level position and one that can take us into the future.”

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