Sledge selected to head Development Authority
By Monroe Roark
The Henry County Development Authority has named a new executive director.
The board voted unanimously Nov. 2 to select Leonard Sledge, who is currently the director of the Economic Development Department for Hampton, Va. He will succeed Charlie Moseley, who resigned in May to accept a position with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
Before going to Hampton in 2013, Sledge worked in other positions in Virginia and also in Arizona. But the Morehouse and Georgia Tech grad was looking to return to the Peach State.
“Moving to Georgia is a goal my family and I have aimed for over the past several years,” he said. “While I am a native of Virginia, I consider Georgia to be my second home in part because my wife of 21 years is a native of Atlanta. We met as undergraduate students, and now our daughter is a college student in Atlanta. My family and I desire to make Georgia, specifically Henry County, our new home and become a part of the fabric of the community.”
Sledge also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Phoenix.
“Leonard has the tenacity, experience and creativity to move our community forward in our quest to maintain the existing employment base of Henry County while at the same time working to diversify our economy,” said Geoff Cauble, chair of the authority. “Our goal is to build a stronger partnership in the next year with our county commission, municipalities, developers and existing businesses. We asked for their input prior to our search because they are key stakeholders for the authority. Their ideas for growing Henry County in terms of new businesses, both commercial and industrial, was invaluable as we interviewed candidates.”
The authority conducted a nationwide search for the position. Announcements were placed with online economic development trade publications along with personal contact of potential candidates to garner applicants. A total of 77 candidates indicated interest in the position. Those individuals were from 17 different states and Canada.
Key skill sets the authority members were looking in their search included economic development experience, both commercial and industrial; marketing and communication skills; and proven leadership skills.
Sledge and his wife Tiffanye, along with their two sons, will be moving to Henry County in 2018.
The development authority partnered with The Chason Group, Inc., an executive search firm specializing in economic development, to lead the process of employing a new Executive Director.
For more about the Henry County Development Authority, visit www.choosehenry.com