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Effort to replace chamber head enters next phase

Those responsible for replacing Bryan Hisel, retiring chief executive of the Mitchell Area Development Corporation and Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce, have entered Phase II of their search.

"It's time to pass the baton for some new managerial leadership here," Hisel said Wednesday of his plans to step down Sept. 30 after 33 years in the role.

The position is responsible for the economic, business and community development of the Mitchell area, according to the job listing that closed April 30.

"We have the luxury of time," Hisel said. "The joint executive board officers are serious about doing it well and doing it right."

Through Wednesday, ads placed in print and social media had generated 33 applications, both locally and from across the nation.

Hisel's replacement will continue to serve as the chief executive for both the development corporation and the chamber. Both are nonprofits.

When he started in 1985, Hisel said, Mitchell patterned its leadership structure after Yankton's, and current officers have chosen to keep it. Having one person supervise both the chamber and development corporation divisions is not the most common structure, Hisel said, but it has worked for Mitchell.

Summaries of the 33 applicants were provided to joint executive officers Tuesday, along with links to individual applications.

During May, officers will sort through them to find the top candidates in terms of experience and education. Interviews are expected to be held in June and July.

The timeline allows for an orderly transition, Hisel said.

The job posting said the role includes a variety of administrative, technical and professional duties in economic and community development. A bachelor's degree in business or public administration, economics, finance, marketing, planning or a related field from an accredited college or university was required. Applicants also needed at least 10 years of professional experience in economic, business and community development, with five or more years of administrative experience required.