Three vie for CRG’s top job

GLOVERSVILLE – The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth has narrowed down its search for a new president and chief executive officer to three finalists, CRG officials said this week.

The board is working to replace current CRG President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Reese, who plans to leave his position soon.

The CRG is Fulton County’s top agency for marketing economic development.

Reese notified the CRG board in March he planned to leave his position by September. His contract was for three years, and it was extended last year to run until Sept. 30. But Reese announced his departure early to give the CRG board advance time to find his replacement.

The CRG during the spring and summer received at least 50 resumes from applicants. The global search was even done partially through the agency’s website. But CRG board Chairman Dustin Swanger said Friday the search is now down to three finalists. Face-to-face interviews will be conducted soon.

“We’re going to a second interview,” Swanger said.

He declined to name the three finalists. Swanger said one applicant owns property “outside and inside” Fulton County, another applicant is from outside the county, and the third candidate is from outside the state.

CRG board Vice Chairman Greg Fagan, who also declined to name the finalists, said Thursday the third applicant would be “traveling quite a distance” to come to Fulton County to take the job.

“They all have economic development and community development experience,” Swanger said.

The salary for the new CRG president and chief executive officer position is not being advertised, but it is “negotiable,” Swanger said in June. Reese earns about $120,000 annually.

Reese has spent about 35 years in economic development, coming to the CRG in September 2008 after 22 years as the executive director of the Herkimer-based Mohawk Valley Economic Development District. He was elevated to his current position of day-to-day administrative head of the CRG after a scandal involving two former executives. Longtime local economic developers Jeff Bray and Peter A. Sciocchetti were accused by the CIC and EDC of taking millions of dollars in bonuses not approved by the agencies’ boards of directors.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.