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Interim leader named to Lee County economic post

Jul. 27, 2013
Glen Salyer
Glen Salyer

Glen Salyer bio

• Age: 43
Residence: Fort Myers
Current position: Assistant to County Manager Roger Desjarlais; interim economic development director
Education: Law degree, Northern Illinois University; B.S. in public administration from Grand Valley State Univ. (Mich.)


More on Hertz moving headquarters to Lee County

Lee County Manager Roger Desjarlais has appointed an interim replacement for retiring Economic Development Director Jim Moore.

Glen Salyer, who is Desjarlais’ assistant, will fill the role until a permanent director is hired within the next three to five months.

Salyer and Desjarlais said Friday that it is standard for the assistant to temporarily fill the director’s role when it becomes vacant. Salyer’s salary of $92,500 won’t change, and he said while he’s excited to fill in, he won’t seek the position permanently.

“As much as I enjoy economic development, I’m committed to staying right here,” he said.

Moore’s last day will be Sept. 1. As director, he was instrumental in bringing the Hertz Corporation from New Jersey to Estero. Salyer is confident he’ll oversee a smooth transition.

“Our primary goal is to make sure the transition goes very well,” he said. “Hertz is very happy with the way this has been handled. It’s going well, and I don’t see any reason to think that won’t continue.”

Another pressing matter is filling the vacant marketing director role, left empty after the abrupt departure of Jennifer Berg in May.

Desjarlais said recruiting for that position will start next week.

“Given the importance of capitalizing on the Hertz project, getting as much publicity as we can, why they’re here … it’s important, we don’t want to wait,” Desjarlais said.

Salyer, who has worked in economic development office for about eight years, will also craft administrative code for Lee County First, a new financial incentives program for recruiting businesses to the county.

“I do anticipate we will propose some new programs,” he said.

Hertz will start building in September off Williams Road in Estero. The Fortune 300 company will employ up to 700 workers.

“We’re at a crucial time for the economic development office,” Salyer said. “There are good things to come.”

Salyer also worked on the defunct VR Labs project when he was attorney for the economic development office. He said his primary role was in the initial stages, when the company was trying to issue industrial bonds. Commissioners awarded VR Labs $5 million to build a factory and create jobs, but the bottling plant sits unfinished and empty, as contractors claim the company hasn't paid them.

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