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The Economic Development Commission has struggled to find a director for about eight months now, with a candidate narrowly escaping its grasp after a recent agreement fell through.

However, Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Dennis Beson said Wednesday he and the search committee appointed to work on this project had located another qualified candidate.

The board had a brief executive session in which it discussed the particulars of this person and their salary.

No action was taken during the executive session.

The board decided to enter into a contracted agreement with the candidate for six months, after which they will review the new director’s progress and renegotiate if necessary. There was a short discussion about the ability to pay this person’s salary. The EDC believes the current salary pool will be sufficient because the board hasn’t hired a new assistant to replace former Economic Development Specialist Susan Jagerson, who left last spring.

The EDC voted to move funds for the potential new director’s salary so it falls under a contracted position.

Beson plans to make an offer to the candidate shortly.

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