The Bluefield Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday to hire Greg Shrewsbury as the city’s new economic development director.
The board, which announced plans more than a year ago to hire an economic development director, originally selected Jerry E. Berry for the position. But Berry withdrew his name from consideration before officially accepting the job.
Shrewsbury, a resident of Bluefield, will begin work as economic development director Monday, according to Mayor Linda Whalen.
The board also appointed City Solicitor Brian Cochran Tuesday to the position of interim city manager and Glen Sutphin to the position of fire chief. Andy Merriman has resigned as city manager.
Berry, who will serve as economic development director on a part-time basis, said he is looking forward to the challenge.
“It is actually a real privilege to work with Bluefield,” Shrewsbury, who has 20 years of business and corporate experience both in the state, the nation and internationally, said. “I look at this as an opportunity for me to have an impact on the community. My primary goal within the first six months is just to begin an economic development plan — both short term and long term.”
Shrewsbury said one of his first duties when he begins work Monday morning is to make contact with KVAT Food Stores, Inc., the corporate owners of Food City, for an update on the status of the old Kroger building on Cumberland Road.
For more on this story, and other news, see Wednesday’s edition of the Daily Telegraph.