LAD eliminates vacancy at highest position
Leavenworth Area Development did not have to look any further than Gladstone, Mo., to find its new executive director.
LAD announced June 24 that Lynn McClure, Gladstone's economic development administrator, had accepted the position and will assume his duties Aug. 2.
"He is going to be an excellent addition to Leavenworth County," said Bill Petrie, LAD executive committee vice president and search committee chair. "He is qualified to take our group to the next step."
McClure said that he accepted the position for three reasons. He is excited about stepping up to the county level and advancing his career, he feels the proximity to the metropolitan area and the makeup of the county will provide for growth, and he enjoys the midwestern area.
"My wife and I are tremendously excited about it," McClure said. "It is a big step for us. We love the area...the ruralness and convenience the county offers."
McClure said he plans to leave Gladstone July 23, take a week off and begin work with LAD. He said he also plans to move his family within the county.
"I've spent 10 years of my career working on economic development issues and incentives," he said. "I am primed and ready for this career the first Monday in August."
Petrie said a search committee composed of LAD board members, representatives from each city in the county and the Leavenworth Port Authority jointly made the call to hire McClure.
The applicant pool of 23 candidates was trimmed to five who were all interviewed by the committee. At that point the list was shortened to two candidates to be interviewed by the cities and the county but the other candidate did not choose to complete that process, Petrie said. Thus, McClure was awarded the position.
"Lynn was head and shoulders above the rest of the pack," Petrie said.
McClure did say he knows that transportation and infrastructure are areas that will need to be monitored along with residential and commercial growth. LAD will need to continue to address those issues as well as plan for accommodating and facilitating growth, he said.
"None of these things are new to residents of the area," he said. "But if you don't focus on the issues you get left behind."
Petrie said finding a new director to replace Bill Schulte, who vacated the position in November 2003, is something LAD has been working on for months.