County in good position to fill EDA spot

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Adams County supervisors are in an enviable position. They have seven people to interview for an open spot on the Natchez-Adams County Economic Development Authority Board.

That’s a fairly amazing number of people interested in serving in a volunteer position, especially one on a board that doesn’t always get credit because much of its work is done behind the scenes.

Supervisors set a time later this week to interview candidates, which is exactly they way they should handle this opening &045; treating the process of choosing a new member as they would any job opening.

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That’s because serving on the EDA board is a job &045; a tough job, as any of its members can probably attest &045; but also a rewarding one as the board works to help shape our economy in the future.

We wish all volunteer board appointments in the Miss-Lou could be made this way, with interested candidates vying for open spots and elected officials working hard to find the best person for the job.

The truth is, that doesn’t always happen. It can be hard to find people who have the time &045; and sometimes the interest &045; to serve in somewhat thankless positions on volunteer boards.

We expect the board of supervisors to consider each candidate carefully and choose a new EDA member who will work hard and can help make deals &045; as well as someone who isn’t looking for individual credit and someone who can keep quiet what must be kept in confidence.

We look forward to seeing who that next person on the board will be.