WALLINGFORD — The town is continuing to work on finding a new economic development specialist following the retirement of Tim Ryan last month.
Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. said the town’s Human Resources department and Economic Development Commission will be heading up the next phase of the process. Given the position’s role in creating a healthy business community, the mayor said he hopes a candidate can be selected as quickly as possible.
“Hopefully it will not be too long of a time period, because we need someone to be performing these tasks,” Dickinson said.
The mayor’s office is the final authority on hiring town employees. The Human Resources department did not return calls for comment and Economic Development Commission chair Joe Mirra said he could not comment on the hiring process at this time.
According to the town’s listing for the position on Ctmainstreet.org, the town “is seeking a qualified individual to develop and implement the marketing, business recruitment and retention programs.” Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in economics, business, public administration, planning or a related field as well as three years of relevant experience. The position will pay between $65,000 and $80,000.
When Ryan began working for the town, the economic development position was part-time, however it grew into a full-time responsibility. The deadline for submitting applications to the Human Resources department was April 14.
The mayor said a candidate should be able to “catch the eye of businesses looking for a new location,” while also possessing the personal skills needed to network with existing business owners. Dickinson said Ryan excelled at reaching out to businesses and municipal and state agencies that provide businesses assistance.
“Tim broke some of the molds, he was very much a field operative,” he said.
Ryan, who retired at the end of June to spend more time with his family, joined town government in January 2014 after retiring from his position as executive vice president of the Record-Journal, where he worked for 36 years.