Jason Slone, the county’s executive operations manager, has taken a new position, to be effective Monday, Oct. 14.
He will be the President/CEO of the Morehead-Rowan County of Chamber of Commerce.
Slone replaces Tracy Williams, the chamber’s former executive director, who stepped down in July to take another job.
The chamber board restructured its top position with a title change and expanded duties.
The chamber of commerce was organized to advance the commercial, industrial, civic, educational and general interest of Morehead and Rowan County.
Slone says he wants to meet with the chamber board to share his vision and goals before he discusses them publicly.
“I love what I do…” Slone said. “This county can really take a huge step forward. Morehead is large enough and a progressive enough town but still rural enough to do what larger towns are doing today.”
He said the Bowling Green/Warren County community has grown substantially within the last 10 years and has the same selling points as this county: an interstate running through it, a four-year university and two-year community and technical college, a top-notch public school system and health care facilities.
Before taking office as executive operations manager in January 2019, Slone worked in economic and workforce development for the state. He also was director of human resources at The Walker Company and owns a consulting business.
Slone said it was his work driving economic development initiatives throughout eastern Kentucky that allowed him to analyze many towns, chambers of commerce and economic development organizations.
In his new role, Slone hopes to combine and create a vision with the chamber board that “grows our county into the future.”
Slone will help Harry Clark, judge-executive, during the transition to a new executive operations manager. Clark said Monday that he is in the process of deciding who the replacement will be and will announce his decision next week. The position is appointed by the judge-executive.
“Jason’s been a tremendous asset to me,” Clark said. “He’s very dependable and very knowledgeable.
“With all the projects we’ve tackled, he has been a huge benefit to me and the county.”
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