Applicants abound for top center job

The task of replacing Anna Maria Island Community Center executive director Pierrette Kelly is not going to be easy, said Andy Price, chair of the committee that will review applications and conduct interviews with selected candidates.

    “We have 46 applications to review, then prepare a short-list and interview those candidates,” said Price, a former center board member and chief of West Manatee Fire Rescue.

    “Pierrette will be hard to replace. She made the center what it is, and her ability to forge relationships was immeasurable,” said Price, also former chair of the center’s executive board.

    “The ideal candidate will be an outstanding relationship builder,” as was Kelly, he said.

    Kelly announced April 27 she was resigning her position as director after more than 22 years. She said in her resignation letter she wanted to leave June 30, but would stay on until the center had selected a replacement and that person had been adequately trained.

    The deadline to apply for the position was May 30.

    Price’s committee, which was selected by the center executive board as a cross-range of people, will review each application and narrow a list of those to be interviewed by the committee. From those people interviewed, the committee will short list its recommendations to the executive board, said Price.

    “It’s not going to be a quick process,” he said.

    The first meeting of the review committee will be this week, Price said, but he did not provide a time or day.

    Members of the review committee include Price, Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, restaurant owner Ed Chiles, former executive board treasurer Bill Ford and center board member Andy Guidus.

    At the center’s board of directors meeting June 4, Price updated members on the applicants and the review process. He said the board would have his committee’s recommended short list of candidates for the director’s position well before June 30.

    The board also unanimously approved a motion by David Teitelbaum to name the board’s meeting room the “Pierrette Kelly Conference Room,” in honor of Kelly.

    The center last week sent invitations to a July 12 retirement cocktail party for Kelly.


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