By Tom Shevlin
NEWPORT – Hoping to further boost its fortunes, City Hall is putting out a call for an economic development director.
The position, which was posted on the city's website on Friday, will be responsible for a range of activities, from overseeing certain planning and development activities to proactively marketing the city to businesses, brokers and other economic development professionals.
As a director-level position, the job will carry with it a salary ranging from $80,000-115,000.
City Council members had earlier this year directed the city administration to make economic development a top priority for the city, and a dedicated economic development working group reinforced that commitment.
Following the reorganization of the city's planning department in which a director-level post was eliminated, it seemed only a matter of time before the city shifted gears to bring back on an economic development director.
The city last hired an economic development director in 2007. The position, which was limited in scope, was then filled by Jonathan Stevens, now an aide to Gov. Chafee.
Whomever is selected to take on the title now, is expected to be met with a much broader set of responsibilities.