EDP director search ongoing

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The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership is taking next steps in its search for a new director.

Darcy Owens-Trask, who had been at EDP’s helm for four years, announced her resignation Nov. 30. She accepted a position with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

EDP has been searching for her replacement for more than a month.

The process began with the creation of a special hiring committee consisting of chairman Dave Fleming, and EDP board members Scott Cook, Mike Anson and Gene Bilodeau.

Fleming said Tuesday the hiring committee has completed interviews with five applicants vying for the director position.

The results of those interviews were shared with the rest of the EDP board in executive session Thursday.

“We discussed the applicants and shared information we (the hiring committee) compiled during the interviews,” Fleming said. “Most of the board members had additional things they wanted to know about the applicants, so we compiled a list of questions to ask for another round of interviews.”

Although the initial purpose of Thursday’s meeting was to narrow the field, Fleming said because so many questions remain unanswered none of the candidates are out of the running yet.

In addition, Fleming said the hiring committee will continue to accept applications from new candidates through at least the end of this week.

Depending on schedules, Fleming said he expects second round interviews to begin next week.

Owens-Trask said Sunday she did not attend Thursday’s executive session and has removed herself from the hiring process.

However, she was pleased to hear all of the applicants are local.

“I know they did not receive any applicants from outside the Yampa Valley,” Owens-Trask said. “I think the hiring committee is confident they have someone in there that they can choose from.”

When EDP will make a decision on Owens-Trask’s successor is unclear.

“We don’t have a set timeline,” Fleming said. “Everyone would like to move as fast as possible, but we’re not going to rush the process just to meet an arbitrary timeline.

“We want to make sure we cover all of our bases and get the right person in there.”

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