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Wash Co. Economic Development Council manager Reese let go from organization

Madison Mathews • Mar 22, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Washington County Economic Development Council Project Manager Dan Reese is no longer with the organization.

Reese was let go Wednesday from his post with the council as part of the organization’s transition following the departure of CEO Robert Reynolds, who resigned last month.

“We looked at each position. When it came to Dan’s position as project manager, we felt that we need to really reclassify that position and have someone with the skill set and background in GIS, geographic information system,” interim CEO Mitch Miller said Thursday.

Miller said the decision was recommended by the council’s Personnel Committee as it continues to make organizational changes.

The project manager position will shift into a research associate position — something Miller said the council is in need of when it comes to managing demographics and statistics.

“Looking at that position, it’s someone who can be a real source for Jeff (Keeling), Shannon (Castillo) and myself and the operations side of things as well. That’s where the board and the Personnel Committee really felt like we needed to head,” he said.

The new job should be posted in the next month, Miller said.

Miller said Reese was an integral part of the council’s team during his time with the organization.

“He certainly still wants us to succeed here and he was a great asset to us during the time that he was here, so we do appreciate him,” he said.

Reese declined to comment on his departure from the council, but said he will remain active in his role as chairman of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner’s Council on Greenways and Trails — a role he assumed last month.

“I’ll continue my volunteer work with the state Greenways and Trails (council) and in a voluntary way with the community in making our area a more livable and lovable area to live in,” he said.

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