CRESTVIEW — Soon, the Community Redevelopment Agency and Main Street Crestview Association will share a director.
By splitting the new position between the CRA and Main Street, CRA board members — who are also sitting City Council members — will benefit from a full-time professional adviser, they said.
Meanwhile, the association can maintain its accreditation with the state Main Street program, which requires a full-time program manager.
Main Street President Ellis Conner hopes to have candidates vetted and a director in place by Oct. 1, which starts the new fiscal year.
CRA members voted 4-1 Monday to hire a leader for both entities. Board members Joe Blocker, Thomas Gordon, Shannon Hayes and Mickey Rytman voted in favor of the proposal. Robyn Helt cast the lone dissenting vote.
It's a triumph for Conner, a former city councilman who has tried for two years to get a full-time program manager for the association.
The CRA board — using Conner’s proposed job description as a starting point — will meet in a workshop to refine the position's responsibilities.
The workshop date has not yet been set, City Clerk Betsy Roy said.
Rytman, a past Main Street president, said he wanted the position to report to the CRA to assure board oversight.
The previous Main Street director had a contract, “and they can come and go whenever they want to. If we're going to spend the money, I want some control,” Rytman said.
The board agreed to fund the position as a city employee, as the Main Street program coordinator had been prior to the contract position.
Helt opposed the measure because she felt the request for the $40,000 a year position was not properly phrased on the meeting agenda, and because she felt Ellis’ request did not represent the entire Main Street Crestview Association board's consensus.