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EDC interim president to get salary increase

Committee formed to decide on commission president search

Justin Strickland, center, who will become interim president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission on Feb. 3, was voted a significant raise by the EDC board Thursday. Shown with Strickland are EDC board members Anthony Parker, left, and Lamar Hudgins. (Staff photo: Carlton Fletcher)

Justin Strickland, center, who will become interim president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission on Feb. 3, was voted a significant raise by the EDC board Thursday. Shown with Strickland are EDC board members Anthony Parker, left, and Lamar Hudgins. (Staff photo: Carlton Fletcher)

ALBANY — Justin Strickland will get a nice bump in salary when he assumes his position as interim president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission on Feb. 3.

Named to the interim post at a special called meeting last week to replace outgoing EDC President Ted Clem, who is taking a position with the state of Alabama, current EDC Vice President Strickland was voted a $20,000 per year salary increase for the time he serves as interim head of the Economic Development Commission.

The board unanimously approved EDC Board Chairman Jay Smith’s recommendation for the increase at its monthly meeting Thursday.

The board also approved Smith’s recommendation for membership of a committee he wants to form to suggest how to move forward with the process of replacing Clem permanently. Smith, Albany City Manager James Taylor, Dougherty County Administrator Richard Crowdis and outgoing Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chairwoman Cynthia George will make up the committee.

“The time frame I envision is having this committee meet within the next week, and then having another called meeting to agree or disagree with the committee’s recommendation,” Smith said. “I’d like to move forward with this process and get it done as soon as possible.”

Smith also welcomed new board members Chad Warbington and B.J. Fletcher at the meeting, asking them to consider assignments to the EDC’s retention and renewal task forces, respectively. Warbington and Fletcher were appointed to the EDC board by the Albany City Commission at its special called meeting Monday.

Strickland gave the board a quick rundown on preparation for the annual Georgia Allies/Georgia Chamber of Commerce Georgia Quail Hunt, which will be held Feb. 4-7 at Albany-area plantations. Strickland said the event, in its 26th year, has brought hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to Georgia.

“It’s great that the Georgia Allies continue to choose us to host this event,” Smith said. “I believe they do so because of our track record.”