County should make EDA pick carefully

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Adams County supervisors have a good opportunity with the current vacancy on the Economic Development Authority Board.

Bobby Duncan, who was appointed last year to fill Charles Yarbrough’s position,

resigned this week due to personal reasons.

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Supervisors President Darryl Grennell said the board plans to interview those who are nominated for the position.

Interviewing candidates is a good idea. Serving on the EDA board &045; a volunteer position &045; is a fairly thankless task, as it requires a lot of work and little appreciation from a public that often wants immediate results in the search for new industry.

An EDA board member needs to be the kind of person who can get things done, a dealmaker who can also work as part of a team. The strong board already in place &045; led by Chairman Woody Allen and Executive Director Mike Ferdinand &045; need someone who cares about the community and isn’t looking for credit for the behind-the-scenes work that must be done.

We hope the supervisors will carefully consider their next choice for the board, taking interviews as seriously as they would an open position in the county.

Serving on the board may be a thankless task, but it is also a rewarding one. The work the EDA does benefits the entire community, and we need another board member who cares about Natchez and its future.