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File #: 22-0048    Version: 1 Name: 1/18/22 DDA Executive Director
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 1/18/2022 In control: City Council
On agenda: 1/18/2022 Final action: 1/18/2022
Enactment date: 1/18/2022 Enactment #: R-22-012
Title: Resolution to Approve the DDA Board's Hire of an Executive Director
Attachments: 1. J. Watson Employement Agreement 2022.pdf
Resolution to Approve the DDA Board's Hire of an Executive Director
Maura K. Thompson Interim Executive Director, Downtown Development Authority
Whereas, Public Act 57 of 2018 The Recodified Tax Increment Financing Act (PA57) authorizes the DDA Board to hire and fix the compensation of an executive director subject to the approval of the governing body of the municipality;

Whereas, PA57 also stipulates that the director shall serve at the pleasure of the Board, and shall be the chief executive officer of the Authority;

Whereas, The previous executive director retired on January 29, 2021;

Whereas, The DDA Board authorized contracting with GovHR to assist the DDA Board with the search process in its Resolution to Approve the Selection of GovHR USA LLC to Conduct Search for the next DDA Executive Director;

Whereas, GovHR, in preparation for this search, interviewed DDA staff, DDA Board members, City staff, and City Council members and used the information gathered to prepare a recruitment brochure and job posting for the position;

Whereas, GovHR posted the position on national job boards and marketed the position through key professional organizations, and also vetted candidates through one on one interviews, social media searches, and the contacting of references;

Whereas, GovHR received over 100 applications for the position and provided resumes and cover letters for eight semi-finalists to the Search Committee which reviewed those finalists in a closed session on October 8, 2021 and upon returning to open session did narrow the slate of candidates to four and did direct GovHR to schedule first-round interviews with the those candidates on October 28, 2021;

Whereas, The Search Committee did interview four candidates at an open meeting on October 28, 2021, and on the following day did hold another open meeting in which they selected three candidates to move forward for interviews with the full DDA Board;

Whereas, The DDA Bo...

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