WESTMINSTER — The Board of County Commissioners announced this week that they'll reorganize the county's Department of Economic Development — and won't hire a replacement for former director Larry Twele, who resigned in July 2011.
WESTMINSTER — The Board of County Commissioners announced on Feb. 9 that it will reorganize the county's Department of Economic Development — and won't hire a replacement for former director Larry Twele, who resigned in July 2011.
On Feb. 9, the commissioners announced that instead of replacing Twele, who left to take a similar post in Howard County, the county will leave the directorship vacant and hire two administrators for the department — one to oversee day-to-day operations and be the coordinator of the new Carroll Business Path project; and other to be responsible for business retention and outreach.
Jonathan Weetman will be the day-to-day administrator and focus on small business development. Weetman is an attorney with a background in business law and consulting. He will make a salary of $61,000, officials said.
John "Jack" Lyburn Jr. will be the administrator of strategic accounts and administer the business retention and outreach efforts for the department. He is a former director of Economic Development for Carroll County and has experience in real estate, development and consulting. His salary will be $85,000.
In a statement, the commissioners said they, "believe this team approach will allow each person to focus on what he does best."
The two will begin the new duties on Feb. 29.
The commissioners noted that in recent months, the county has hosted two economic development seminars and made a presentation to some 200 participants in the Howard County BRAC Business Initiative seminar.
During the county's "Get Business Now" seminar in January, board President Doug Howard introduced the Carroll Business Path program — a small-business initiative with Carroll Community College, Carroll Chamber of Commerce, Department of Economic Development and the Carroll County Small Business Development Council as partners.