The Otsego County IDA has an interim executive director.
Douglas Gulotty was appointed interim director of the Otsego County Industrial Development Agency effective July 18, Sharon Oberriter, IDA chairwoman, said Sunday.
Carolyn Lewis, Otsego County economic developer and IDA administrator, is leaving her position Aug. 9 after more than 12 years. The Otsego County Board of Representatives and its Intergovernmental Affairs Committee have been working to establish next steps for economic development and leadership.
As interim director, Gulotty will direct and assure compliance of IDA operations with state law and oversee the completion of projects administered by the Otsego County Economic Development Office, according to a July 18 release from the IDA.
As interim director, Gulotty will be tasked with identifying a development model for the agency, including a job description for its leader, as well as seeking financial and organizational resources and assisting the IDA with a transition into next year.
IDA members have been considering the possibility of a public-private partnership to oversee economic development. Oberriter said Jan. 1 would be ideal for a model to be in place, but the schedule is not certain.
Gulotty’s appointment is for a six-month term; Oberriter withheld the amount of his per diem rate, which will be paid by the IDA. He was selected by the IDA and Lewis, Oberriter said, adding that a job search for a permanent replacement hasn’t been initiated because of the possible upcoming transition.
Oberriter, a board member since 2000, said the IDA could consider proposals under Gulotty’s leadership, but could not comment on specifics of new business before the agency.
“We are pleased to have Mr. Gulotty on board,” Oberriter said in the release. “Mr. Gulotty brings to the position years of experience in the Otsego County business community and a history of participation and interest in economic development as a banker, investor, entrepreneur and consultant.”
Lewis, who earns about $48,500 annually, previously said she is leaving to spend more time with her family.
The IDA’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be at Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q, on state Route 7 in Oneonta, at noon Thursday. T
Gulotty is president and chief executive officer at Douglas Gulotty & Associates, based in Worcester, a commercial real estate finance broker. He was president and CEO of the Wilber Corp., based in Oneonta, from 2005 to 2010, and had joined Wilber National Bank as branch manager of the Cooperstown office in 1987, according to his resume, and he studied at the State University College at Oneonta.
Wilber Corp. and its bank merged with Community Bank System Inc. in 2011.
Gulotty didn’t return messages left on home and cell telephones by 8 p.m. Sunday.
The meeting Thursday also will be a farewell luncheon for Lewis, whose departure is a sad loss for local economic development efforts, Oberriter said.
“She has been an extremely effective economic developer,” Oberriter said.