The field of candidates hoping to lead Leesburg’s Economic Development Department stands at 29.
Current department director Marantha Edwards earlier this year announced her retirement effective Jan. 1, 2018. The application deadline for candidates interested in being considered for Edwards’ job closed Aug. 11, and brought in a total of 37 applications, of which 29 were deemed qualified, Town Manager Kaj Dentler said.
Although details of considered candidates are kept confidential, Dentler did share that the 37 applicants represented 24 candidates from Virginia, two from Maryland, one from West Virginia, and even two international applicants. The remaining eight applications came in from all over the rest of the U.S.
Dentler said the candidate-vetting process will not be as elaborate as it was for 2016’s chief of police job search, eventually won by Gregory Brown. But it will include involvement from those inside and outside the Town Hall walls in hopes of finding a suitable replacement for Edwards, and one willing to take up the banner of Leesburg’s economic development efforts.
Dentler is hoping to have the new director installed before the start of the Thanksgiving holiday, or at least by Dec. 1, to give some time for Edwards to help in the transition. Edwards says her days in the office will likely wrap up prior to the Christmas holiday.