The Rolla Regional Economic Commission is moving ahead with plans to hire its next executive director, and as of Friday afternoon has received 31 applications.


The Rolla Regional Economic Commission is moving ahead with plans to hire its next executive director, and as of Friday afternoon has received 31 applications.

“I’d say the process is moving along well,” said Mary Davis, the former Missouri Enterprise president and independent consultant who is the RREC’s point person for the search.

“We’re still accepting applications and will until March 31,” Davis said. “There are some very qualified individuals from all over the country, and we’ve got some local applications. We’ll probably begin the interview process sometime about the end of March.”

As consultant, Davis said it is her duty to assess applicants and make recommendations to the RREC Executive Director Search Committee, which includes RREC President Ted Day, CEO of Mo-Sci Corp.; Phelps County Bank President Bill Marshall; Fidelity Communications’ John Paul; Ward 4 City Councilman Lou Magdits and Jim Sowers of the Rolla Community Development Corp.

“We’ll probably interview between six and 10 applicants,” Davis said.

Day, the RREC president, said during Friday’s meeting, the complete process will take about 90 days.

“I’d guess we’re still about 70 days to go,” Day said.
Davis echoed that timeline, saying, “I think we could have someone in place by May 1.”

The RREC is seeking to fill an executive director’s position left vacant by the Feb. 5 departure of Elizabeth Bax, the only paid executive the economic development agency has known.