Middlebury hires its new Business Development Director’
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday overwhelmingly endorsed Jamie O. Gaucher, deputy chief of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, as the town’s first-ever business development director. In this job he will be responsible for bringing new jobs to Addison County’s shire town.
A community advisory board charged with recruiting the new “jobs czar” picked Gaucher, 46, from among three finalists who recently interviewed for the new job. The selectboard heartily endorsed the recommendation, brought forward by a special seven-member committee that reviewed 17 applications for the post.
“(Gaucher) was the one who showed the enthusiasm, skills, confidence and drive to do this job, and do it confidently,” John Tenny, a member of the Middlebury Business Development Advisory Committee, said of the panel’s top choice. “And he understood the local politics from the start.”
Gaucher, his wife Elizabeth and their young daughter are already looking for a home in Middlebury in anticipation of his job-start next month.