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Monday, June 18, 2018 by Jo Clifton

The city of Austin has officially started its search for a new director of the Economic Development Department. Kevin Johns, who served as director for eight years, stepped down in December. His LinkedIn profile indicates that he is now the CEO of Future Economies LLC. Upon Johns’ departure, Interim City Manager Elaine Hart named Rebecca Giello to take over the job on an interim basis. Giello, who came to the job as assistant director of the Housing and Community Development Department, told the Austin Monitor that although she has enjoyed working with the staff in Economic Development, she does not intend to apply for the permanent job. The interim position, she said, has “further highlighted for me the intrinsic connections of housing, transit, economic development policy – and the importance of connecting talent in the organization to move projects. I remain committed to the interim role as the recruitment process continues.” According to the city website, Scott Reilly with Affion Public will be leading this search. “To be considered, candidates must submit a compelling cover letter and comprehensive resume via email to Please Reference: COADED. Candidates should apply by the close of business on July 12, 2018.”

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