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York's new economic development director to start in June

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Leonardo McClarty
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The president and CEO of an Atlanta-area chamber of commerce will start as York's new director of economic and community development June 2, York Mayor Kim Bracey said.

Leonardo McClarty will replace Kevin Schreiber, who left the position in May after winning a special election for state representative.

McClarty, who comes from the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce in Georgia, was approved by the city council last week at a salary of $95,500.

"I believe Mr. McClarty to have the business expertise, professional skills, interpersonal abilities and political knowledge to lead this vital city department," Bracey said in a news release."I was most impressed with his enthusiasm, intellect, knowledge and positive attitude. He will be a good fit for the York community."

McClarty has 15 years of experience in economic and community development experience in demographically and ethnically diverse communities, according to the release. Aside from the DeKalb Chamber, he also served briefly as the Roswell, Ga., economic development division director. For three years, he was the DeKalb County Office of Economic Development senior project manager.

His background has provided him with extensive experience in local government, and managing redevelopment efforts in commercial and retail projects as well as new business enterprises, expansion and retention, Bracey said in the release.

McClarty holds a master's degree in city and regional planning from Clemson University; a bachelor's degree in political science from Furman University, and certifications from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management and the National Development Council.

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