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Jackson Redevelopment Authority in hunt for new director

Jackson Redevelopment Authority board members have decided to initiate a search for a new executive director.

The governing board took the action Wednesday morning. Willie Mott, who had been the interim chief and named the agency’s permanent executive director in July, is still on the job, according to Chairwoman Jennifer Johnson. She declined to elaborate further on his employment status.

In removing the “interim” from Mott’s title last summer, the JRA board agreed to pay him $60,000 a year but not provide health and retirement benefits, according to media reports.

Mott, a real estate professional with a Certified Commercial Investment Member, or CCIM, designation, served as executive director for several years in the early part of the last decade.

Johnson said she is unsure of the scope of the search or whether the board will use an executive recruiter. “I’d like a person on as soon as possible,” she said.

Her preference, she said, would be a redevelopment professional with a familiarity with Jackson who perhaps has worked elsewhere in recent years.

The CCIM designation would be important, though she said a lawyer, MBA holder, CPA or general real estate professional would be worthy of consideration.

The new executive director would be a Jackson Redevelopment Authority employee – not a City of Jackson employee. In all likelihood, the person selected would work under a yearly contract, Johnson said.

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One comment

  1. Hmm???

    What quality of Director does the Board want?

    I hope the Board plans to do better than $60k per year with no benefits on an uncertain annual contract.

    Do they have a real understanding of what it takes to move our City forward?

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