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Search continues for Alliance leader
by Jebb Johnston
Oct 21, 2016 | 2171 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With an initial list of candidates in hand, The Alliance is moving forward with the search for its next economic development leader.

The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors received a request on Monday for an additional $20,000 funding for The Alliance to help cover an increased salary for The Alliance chief, as well as to cover travel to promote Corinth and Alcorn County and to produce promotional materials. Supervisors tabled the request in order to take a look at how it will affect the budget, which is in the first month of the new fiscal year. The Alliance is in the budget at 1.51 mills or $279,821.

The Corinth Board of Mayor and Aldermen recently agreed to increase the city’s Alliance funding by up to $60,000 in addition to the usual $80,000.

The Alliance commissioned The Pace Group to conduct an executive search for the successor to Gary Chandler, who took a new job in Scottsboro, Ala.

Representing the Economic Development Council, Reece Terry told supervisors the group conducted interviews with community members and elected officials before beginning the search process.

The Alliance learned that “to get the caliber of person we need, our salary level was woefully short,” he said.

The recommended salary range is $125,000 to $140,000.

The group that will interview finalists will include four members of The Alliance, two members of the Board of Supervisors, two members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, and a representative of the Corinth School District.

In other business before the Board of Supervisors this week, the board reappointed Ricky James and Russell Smith to seats on the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The two seats are joint appointments with the city. A seat on the hospital board currently held by Larry James is up for consideration at the next regular meeting.

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