New CAO director to be selected Tuesday

By Portia Williams

January 9, 2014

Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

Community Action Organization of Scioto County is one step closer to acquiring a new executive director. The Executive Board of CAO of Scioto County met Wednesday to review the finalists for the new executive director position. According to Bill Thacker, the outgoing executive director, the executive board has a recommendation which they will present to the full CAO Board on Tuesday.

Thacker will retire from his position of executive director in February. He was appointed the interim executive director while the director, Bob Walton Sr., was receiving cancer treatments.

Walton passed away in 2012, and Thacker was permanently appointed to the seat.

Thacker has been with CAO of Scioto County for more than 40 years. He started working for CAO in 1970 when he was hired as the temporary director of its head start program.

“That was supposed to have lasted about 12 weeks, and about nine weeks into that process I decided that this was something I wanted to do and I made a request to the board and was hired and directed the program for about a year-and-a-half,” Thacker said.

In his retirement, Thacker said he looks forward to spending more time with his family, reading, and traveling with his wife. He also plans to stay active in the community as a volunteer for several organizations, and as a sitting member of the Portsmouth Inner-City Development Corporation and the Southern Ohio Port Authority.

Thacker said he plans to assist the his predecessor before departing to ensure a smooth transition.

Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286 or portiawilliams@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Portia on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.