Port Authority closer to finding a director

By Wayne Allen

November 3, 2013

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

The Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA) met in special session on Friday to interview top candidates for the executive director position.

Friday’s meeting consisted of approving last meeting’s minutes and entering into executive session for the interviews.

According to, Todd Book, Chairman of SOPA, the interviews went well and the board empowered the executive committee to formulate an offer to one of the candidates.

“We reviewed the credentials of the top two candidates and the executive committee is going to meet next week to formulate an offer,” Book said.

When asked who the top two candidates were Book, turned down the inquiry.

Thhe executive director SOPA’s Rules and Regulations outlines the responsibilities stating executive director shall, “submit plan and programs for the board economic development activities. Develop a program for promotion and public relations of the Southern Ohio Port Authority. Develop and carry out a program to promote and publicize the advantages of the Southern Ohio Port Authority to the rail, barge shippers, trucking companies, importers and exporters and other agencies using the shipping capabilities of Southern Ohio. Seek, obtain and supervise the administration of grants, loans and other financial assistance from Federal, State and local sources to enhance Southern Ohio Port Authority programs, facilities and services.”

Based on the job description, the candidate must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, economics, finance, public administration or a related field. Experience with state, regional or local economic development is desired.

Salary is commensurate with qualification and job performance with a salary range from $45,000-$70,000.

Book said whoever is chosen as the executive director for SOPA would take his role as Economic Development Director for Scioto County.

“The county and most of the governmental entities in our community have an executive director-type person along with other duties. The commissioners realize they need this, to be effective, we (Scioto County) need someone who’s main purpose is economic development,” Book said.

For more information about SOPA visit them on Facebook.

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