Sellers steps aside as EDA director

Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 10:03 AM.

The resignation closes what could fairly be called a tumultuous year for Sellers.

At one point it was unclear where and how he fit in the organizational chart for economic development after the BOCC took back operating authority of the former Economic Development Council.

Over the course of several months, the BOCC negotiated a contract with a new organization, the EDA, with a volunteer board comprised of five local businesspeople.

The final BOCC vote was 3-2 and Commissioner Joanna Bryan faulted the final agreement between the BOCC and EDA for lacking specific goals and parameters for determining the success of the organization, an agreement she said that set the EDA up “to fail.”

The EDA was provided 18 months of promised public funding from the BOCC and municipalities and was in the process of growing its private partnerships.

Sellers was out on unpaid leave for much of the summer addressing health issues and as recently as the first BOCC meeting of this month Commissioner Ward McDaniel declared his tenure a failure.

If 2013 was a roller coaster, it has been a ride from the outset for Sellers.

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