SIDNEY — Come spring, Sidney-Shelby Economic Partnership (SSEP) will have a new executive director, as current Executive Director Mike Dodds plans to retire in April.
Dodds, who has been SSEP’s executive director since December 2006, announced his retirement plans to the SSEP Board of Trustees this week.
“April sounds like a long time away,” Dodds said, “but when I sat down with the Board of Trustees and looked at the timeline, April is not far away. In order to give an appropriate amount of time to decide on a replacement, we needed to start the advertising and interviewing process.”
According to the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s website, SSEP is seeking a replacement for Dodds to manage business retention and development initiatives for Sidney and Shelby County. The future director will be responsible for implementing industrial development and providing general oversight and direction for the Workforce Partnership of Shelby County and its director.
Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Raible, who is the contact person for interested candidates, said he is part of a selection committee. Raible said they hope to have the new director in place by the first of April to train with Dodds during his final weeks on the job.
“The future of our economic development rests in the hands of the person to take (Dodds’s) position, so we want to ensure a smooth hand-off and give ourselves plenty of time to find a replacement,” Raible said of advertising for a replacement now. “This give us five months to hopefully identify the best person for the position.”
“Shelby County is an exciting place to work. For a small county, we have a lot going for us and a lot to be proud of,” Dodds said. “It has been fun to be part of it (working) on the inside, but it will also be interesting to see it from the outside (perspective).
Anyone interested in applying for the economic development director position with the SSEP can find details and contact information at www.sidneyshelbychamber.com/find-a-job.html.
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