No rush in replacing timid DDA executive Ann Arnold – Rome News

December 29, 2016 - Finding Carter

Rome Downtown Development Director Ann Arnold

Rome Downtown Development Director Ann Arnold

Rome Downtown Development Director Ann Arnold reviews some records to confirm if it’s something she wants to keep or chuck divided when she retires during a finish of a week. Assistant City Manager Patrick Eidson pronounced Wednesday a city does not have a calendar for replacing Arnold. (Doug Walker, RN-T)

Rome Downtown Development Director Ann Arnold

Rome Downtown Development Director Ann Arnold

Downtown Development Director Ann Arnold is make-up boxes in her bureau before to retirement Dec. 31. (Doug Walker, RN-T)

Posted: Thursday, Dec 29, 2016 8:00 am

No rush in replacing timid DDA executive Ann Arnold

City executives do not have a decisive calendar for replacing Ann Arnold as executive of a Downtown Development Authority.

“But we don’t wish to be too prolonged though somebody steering a DDA wheel,” pronounced Patrick Eidson, partner city manager.

Eidson serves as a city administration’s relationship to a DDA house and voiced certainty Wednesday in a abilities of Arnold’s executive partner Amanda Carter and Parking Services Manager Becky Smyth to keep a bureau functioning until a inheritor is chosen.

“We have no devise to designate an interim,” he said.

Eidson pronounced one of a initial things city staff will do is take a demeanour during a pursuit outline to make certain it tells intensity field precisely what a city expects of a subsequent director.

“Once we get that out I’m certain Sammy (Rich, city manager), will wish an open process, both inner and outmost to fill a position,” Eidson said. “Finding someone of her size will not be easy, though I’m assured a routine will exhibit a best chairman for a job.”

“To find somebody with a knowledge and adore for a village is going to be really difficult,” pronounced DDA Chairman Steven McDowell. “I do see this as an event in downtown Rome’s growth to sinecure somebody that might have a ability to reanimate a River District (West Third Street/North Fifth Avenue area), that is a concentration for a new year.”

Eidson met with Arnold, Smyth and Carter on Wednesday to get an refurbish on all that is going on in a DDA office, including a series and standing of loan applications that are outstanding, or have nonetheless to close.

“I will be in consistent communication with Becky and Amanda,” he pronounced “We’re going to concede them to duty flattering most as they have been.”

Asked what would occur if someone stepped in and indispensable to make an focus for one of a DDA loans programs in a interim, Eidson pronounced he believes a city would take a group proceed to providing assistance.

“Amanda, Becky and myself would step adult and we might call on Bekki Fox, a village growth director, to assistance in that kind of situation,” he said. “It might not be a approach Ann Arnold would have managed it, though we consider we could get it done.”

2017 and 2018 might be a time of long transition for a DDA. McDowell and house members Ann Pullen and Steve White will all stagger off a house during a finish of 2017 and not be authorised for re-appointment.

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