DeleteAfter more than six years as Warren County’s director of economic development, Jeff McCormick tendered his resignation Friday.
According to Industrial Development Board chairman Joe Pugh, McCormick resigned Friday and will work until the end of the year. His last day will be Dec. 31.
“We will meet to determine a plan of action,” said Pugh when asked what the Industrial Development Board will do to find a replacement.
The director of economic development works for the 10-member Industrial Development Board. City and county government each appoint five members to the IDB with the county providing the bulk of the funding for economic development.
Earlier this year, some members of the Warren County Commission threatened to reduce IDB funding if McCormick was not fired. McCormick was considered competent at his job by most officials, but has a personality that was often described as abrasive.
In his resignation letter, McCormick cited the “current political atmosphere” as one reason for his departure. He was hired in January 2006 and started work Feb. 6 of that year.
Industrial Development Board member Mark Brown has high praise for the job McCormick has done during his tenure.
“Successful economic development is a team effort and one person doesn’t deserve all the credit or blame,” said Brown. “During his tenure we’ve filled empty industrial buildings, occupied two spec buildings and started a third, and put McMinnville on the national map with the Mechatronics program. Jeff leaves us with a solid foundation for the future, but we will only have success if we start pulling together and put an end to the divisiveness and negativity that continues to plague our community.”
The IDB held an open application process when McCormick was hired and received 28 applications, including one from Maine. Of those 28, there were 12 who were granted interviews. Five of the applicants were local. McCormick came from Fayetteville.