Jackson steps down as Executive Director of the Regional Council | News, Sports, Jobs

According to staff reports

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council executive director Carol Jackson announced she was leaving the agency effective July 15.

A government planning and development agency, the Regional Council serves Wood, Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler and Wirt counties.

Jackson was first employed as controller of MOVRC and, after six years, was promoted to executive director in 2012 when former director Jim Mylott retired.

“My first duty…was to close the office after the 2012 derecho hit the area,” said Jackson, who has since worked as both executive director and loan program director. “Burning the candle at both ends finally took its toll, and I decided to slow down and enjoy life outside of the office.”

The MOVRC has evolved over the past 10 years, Jackson said in a statement, including expanding its small business loan program from $1.9 million to $9.6 million.

“Working with staff, Senior Corps Volunteer Programs doubled the size of their service area and enabled the hiring of additional staff,” she says. “The GIS department has grown and now provides services to utility districts and municipalities in the region. The Department of Transportation has expanded its programming and helps support various transportation initiatives in Wood and Washington counties. The Community Development Department has just reorganized and has a record number of projects in planning and construction with more to come due to the recently passed Infrastructure Act.

The Council purchased part of West Virginia University at the former downtown Parkersburg location, which became the agency’s new home after a 2017 renovation.

Jackson described Regional Council staff as “the cornerstone of the agency.

“It’s been great to see staff grow and develop in their various roles within the agency (and) in some cases, to wish them well as they take on roles in other agencies or He’s retiring”, she says.

The MOVRC Board of Directors has appointed a hiring committee to select a new CEO.

“It’s a very rewarding position, but if you’re just after a paycheck, the job isn’t for you, as it requires a commitment to the agency, a passion for helping others, a dedication to communities in the region, as well as a lot of hard work”, said Jackson. “I’m happy to have helped make our region a better place to live and work. »

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Elna M. Lemons