The Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization formed a search committee Wednesday to find a successor for Scott Darnell, its executive director, who has taken an economic development position in North Carolina.

The Pitt County Development Commission hired Darnell as its executive director Aug. 19. Darnell is serving as PACRO's executive director under an independent contractor agreement which expires Dec. 1. Darnell declined to say Wednesday when he will begin his duties in North Carolina.

The search committee will include Marshall County Judge-Executive Kevin Neal, who serves as PACRO board chair, and members Betsy Flynn, Eddie Jones, John Summers and Ritchie Galloway.

Of the search process, Neal said: "We'll be informal. I think with this many representatives (board members) in the region, the word's out. If there's anybody out there that wants to submit a resumé, they can. We'll send out our (committee) contact information so if you run into anybody that's interested, send those resumés to us."

The chairman said the search committee will review the resumés, with a deadline of Oct. 31 for submission, and provide the board an overview of the candidates.

"I would say this is going to be a sought-after position, so we'll go ahead and start the process now," he said. "Here's the deal. Everybody knows Scott's a huge asset. We always knew a day like this could come when his contract ends.

"But he's going to be with us well beyond December as an asset to whoever takes over."

Last November, PACRO finalized Darnell's current agreement to oversee its operations at $6,000 a month for one year. At its July meeting, the board approved paying Darnell 8% of the proceeds from the sale of surplus assets from the U.S. Department of Energy's Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

An invoice from AlignPM, a limited liability corporation Darnell operates, for a commission of $21,931.44 for surplus asset sales from July 1 to Aug. 30, was approved by the board Wednesday.

Neal said whoever PACRO decides to hire, the selected candidate will be expected to continue the process the board has been following in getting the money from the asset sales into the communities served to provide jobs and economic development.

Flynn suggested the board will not have any trouble attracting candidates for the executive director position.

"As soon as the news (of Darnell's departure) was in the media, we started getting phone calls so there are people out there who are interested," she said.

"And, what appeals to people is that this is a part-time (contract) position. I think we'll be seeing very capable candidates."

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