Canton's new economic development director resigns

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Eugene Norris
Eugene Norris

CANTON – Eugene Norris is no longer the city's economic development director.

He resigned after working about six weeks as a member of Mayor Thomas Bernabei's cabinet. Norris' resignation letter addressed to the mayor on April 13 did not detail his reason for leaving.

"While I believe that I'm moving for good reason, I am sorry to leave but I thank you for your support and counsel in this matter," he wrote. "I ask that this would take place immediately as to afford me the opportunity for transition."

Norris did not return The Canton Repository's messages seeking comment.

He began work for the city Feb. 28 after serving as the program director for the Stark County Minority Business Association. Norris succeeded Fonda Williams, who left in January to work for the Economic and Community Development Institute Inc.

On Tuesday, a news release from the mayor's office announced Norris' resignation and the search for an economic development director. An advertisement for the position was posted on the city's career website the same day.

Bernabei declined to elaborate on Norris' resignation.

"We parted amicably and professionally," he said in an email.

The job ad, which lists a salary range of $88,990 to $123,235, is the same as before. Bernabei said previous applicants might be considered and the search will continue as long as necessary to find a "qualified, experienced, talented person."

In the meantime, Bernabei said, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Stark Economic Development Board and other local partners can assist the city with economic development matters.

"Several other people within the Administration are available to help," he said. "I am personally familiar with all transactions. The Canton Law Department provides excellent legal advice in all cases."

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