Leaders must decide to make right hire(s)
City leaders may tire of hearing this argument, but it will not end until a decision is made one way or another.
The news of Kathy Leverett’s resignation earlier this week is a hard pill to swallow for those who understand the importance of her position and the quality of work she performed. Though Leverett will remain in Demopolis for another six months, losing her talent truly will be a loss for our area.
Because change is imminent, we believe now is a perfect time for the leaders of this city to seriously analyze the position Leverett will leave in January. In her current capacity, Leverett heads all Chamber of Commerce AND Industrial Development Board duties.
Let’s make that position more understandable. Currently, the one person who handles the chamber and IDB is in charge of:
Every community event
Christmas on the River
Freedom on the River
Making those programs better each year
Helping downtown businesses grow
Helping U.S. Highway 80 businesses grow
Hosting every retail function
Planning every parade
Devising ways to promote tourism
Creating plans for the city’s economic growth
Hosting every retail business prospect
Hosting every industry prospect
Building relationships with state politicians
Building relationships with federal politicians
Having a presence in Montgomery.
How can the leaders of this city not use this opportunity to consider replacing Leverett with two people? Simply recruiting new industry is a job in itself. Coordinating and hosting all of our wonderful community events is another job altogether.
When the city of Demopolis makes its decision to hire Leverett’s replacement, the leaders shouldn’t stop with one person. If we want to grow and invest in our economic base, we must have the personnel to effectively accomplish that goal.
Most successful businesses can’t operate in the same way we run our chamber of industrial board. Only with Leverett’s ability have we been able to do so for the past five years. But because she has led us to new growth, we must not accept the same from the next person &045;&045; preferably people who take her place.