EDC discusses director position


By Lauren Jette

The Economic Development Corp. Board discussed the job description for the EDC Executive Director position and heard updates about the Façade and Sign Grant program and a Freeport tax exemption study from City Administrator Greg Boatright during a workshop and meeting Feb. 18.

During the workshop prior to the meeting, board members discussed the job description for the EDC Director position, which was vacated last month by Kirk Clennan. Boatright has been handling the duties of EDC Executive Director since asking for Clennan’s resignation.

Board members had time to read over the job description and job posting City Secretary Barbara Zwernemann said was used before Clennan was hired last year.

Eric Van Natter said he thought a mention of travel should be added to the description, while John Clark said he thought the position should be full-time.

During a meeting on Feb. 4, the board discussed using a search firm to find candidates. On Thursday, Van Natter suggested that the board should hold off on hiring a search firm right now, to see what kind of applicants the job posting gets.

Zwernemann said the job posting would be posted on the city website (www.lhtexas.com) and with the Texas Municipal League.

The job posting lists the salary for the full-time position as $50,000 to $70,000 and that the ideal candidate holds a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in business administration, public administration, finance, real estate or related field. A Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) with a minimum of seven years experience is preferred.

No action was taken on the matter.

Members then moved on to discussion about coming up with a “story” for Liberty Hill to share with city leaders.

Debby Norman volunteered to start a “story” and then send it on to each board member to add on to or edit.

President Lance Dean suggested waiting until after the City Council workshop on Feb. 29, to see what the Council comes up with direction-wise.

Also included on the workshop agenda, but wasn’t covered as time ran out was funding for a hotel, the new city website, and a follow-up from the December workshop.

During the meeting, members heard a presentation from Liberty Hill High School DECA Club members Carrie Haskell and Trinity McCann. Their project “Revive Liberty” focused on restoring downtown Liberty Hill. The project was presented at a district competition recently and advanced on to the state competition this week.

The DECA Club is under the leadership of sponsor Vicki Peterson.

Boatright told the board that the EDC was “current on reimbursements” for the façade and sign grant program.

“Next to the sidewalk improvement project, this program is the most talked-about thing in our city,” he said.

“I think it’s one of the things we’re gotten right.”