Wiles named to head JECDB

Friday, June 13, 2008

A new executive director of the state-required panel for economic and community development was elected by an 11-4 vote Tuesday afternoon in Lewisburg City Hall.

Mike Wiles, 48, of McBride Road, who's been a human resources generalist at the Calsonic Kansei North America plant here since December 1999 and a plant employee since January 1994, said he's accepting the position.

Asked how he might make Marshall County flourish, Wiles replied, "It's a matter of being proactive to show what we can do and make our area grow, and the state as well. I think we have areas we should grow in and we have a lot to offer."

Edmund Roberts, chairman of the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Marshall County, called Wiles after the board's midday vote to report the decision and say they'd talk later.

"I appreciate it and look forward to talking with him," said Wiles.

One of the details to be discussed is salary, Wiles said. The pay range discussed during his interview last winter was $45,000 to $47,000, he said.

Wiles succeeds Jamie Stitt, who resigned in November to take a job with the state's Three Star Program in the Department of Economic and Community Development. Last fall, a salary for Stitt's successor was stated by a JECDB officer as in the mid- to upper $30,000 level.

Wiles cited "good people relations" and "being able to work well with others to get things accomplished" as skills he brings to the job.

"Teamwork," he said, "is going to be important to work between the cities and the county."

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