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New development chief may not get director title


County Commissioner Donald I. Dell said yesterday that William E. Jenne probably will be put in charge of the county's economic development office, but will not be given the title of director.

A final decision will be made by Friday, he said.

James C. Threatte resigned last Thursday as the county's economic development director, but neither he nor the commissioners would say why.

Yesterday, the three commissioners talked in a two-hour, closed meeting with 12 to 15 members of the county's Economic Development Commission and the Industrial Development Authority. The meeting was closed because it was about personnel, Mr. Dell said.

EDC members asked why Mr. Threatte resigned after three years on the job, but Mr. Dell said the commissioners could not respond. "We do not want to jeopardize his future employment or ability to get a job," he said.

EDC members also asked about the future of economic development in the county. "All three commissioners are very supportive of economic development," Mr. Dell said.

EDC members Helen Utz, executive director of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, and David Duree of New Windsor attended the meeting and said they expect the commissioners to be more involved in economic development matters as a result of Mr. Threatte's resignation.

"I plan to be more involved," Mr. Dell said.

Mr. Jenne, whose title now is business development manager, will report to Robert A. "Max" Bair Jr., executive assistant to the commissioners, Mr. Dell said.

Yesterday, he could not say what Mr. Jenne's title would be or whether he would receive a raise.

Mr. Threatte, 59, earned $47,240 a year.

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