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Shannon Landauer is new BCDA executive director

Shannon Landauer

Shannon Landauer, secretary of the Boone County Development Agency (BCDA) for the past 2 1/2 years, is serving as the agency’s new executive director.

Landauer was named executive director last week by the BCDA Human Resources Committee. Timothy Brazeal of Norfolk, who had served in the position since September, 2007, is no longer executive director.

Boone County Commissioners had not received Brazeal’s resignation in time for their meeting Monday, but Mrs. Landauer has accepted the executive director’s position and began her duties Wednesday, March 19.

Boone County Commissioners have scheduled action on the matter for their next meeting Monday, March 31. They will consider either Brazeal’s resignation retroactive to March 18, or, if the resignation is not received by that date, will consider termination of his employment.

The county’s contract with Brazeal requires 30 days written notice by either party for termination of employment.

Action on the appointment of Mrs. Landauer to the position is also scheduled for March 31.

The BCDA Board of Representatives decided at its March 18 meeting to request Brazeal’s resignation effective immediately, or his employment would be terminated immediately. The action followed a discussion on his “employment practices” with BCDA.

Mrs. Landauer became a part-time secretary for BCDA in November, 2005, and the position was changed to full-time in February, 2007. During that time, she has assisted in most aspects of economic development work.

She will continue working in business assistance and recruitment throughout Boone County. Specific goals she noted are recruitment and retention of young people in the area, and focusing on assistance for the county’s current businesses with financing and ownership transition.

“It is important to build individual relationships with business owners throughout the county,” she said. “They are all helping in the process.”