Board approves filing fees for mayor, commissioner

HUNTERSVILLE – Three candidates, from a field of 40, are being considered to replace Jerry Broadway, who announced in December his retirement as chairman of the Lake Norman Economic Development Corporation. 

That according to Huntersville Town Commissioner Ron Julian, who updated the board on the EDC hiring timetable during their March 4 meeting. He said an announcement on the new chairman should come in the next four weeks.

“The search is going very well,” he said. “The three towns (Huntersville, Davidson and Cornelius) had to go through and decide what kind of leader they want. We need someone who can work with product, and work with developers and land owners.”

Town Manager Greg Ferguson, who serves on the EDC’s hiring committee, said there were about 40 applicants for the job.

Ferguson echoed Julian’s sentiment about needing a leader who can help with product development, or aiding in getting potential new businesses the land they need to construct buildings in the area.

He said other requirements for Broadway’s replacement are “a need to be strong in existing business retention, and able to work with a diverse number of (town) boards and the private sector.”

The business expansion the area has seen since Broadway was hired means the new executive director will face the challenge of keeping the region ahead of the curve, Ferguson said.

“It’s an important time in moving forward with new product, and we know that’s the chief challenge with what we have,” he said.

“Our chief focus right now is to hire someone who is strong and can help us with product development.”

During the meeting, the town board approved filing costs for residents seeking election to mayor or town commissioner. The filing process, which runs from July 5-15, will cost $10 to file for mayor and $5 to file for town commissioner.

The board also approved a budget amendment for $5,437 to pay for salary increases for Mayor Jill Swain and the commissioners. An anticipated increase in sales tax revenue will cover $1,026 of the raises, while the other $4,411 will come from the Telecommunication portion of the Utility Franchise Distribution