Crystal Gettys will serve as interim executive director of the Lincoln Economic Development Association beginning Thursday, the organization announced at its monthly board meeting last week.
Gettys is currently the organizationâ€™s business development manager and a key part of its team involved in recruiting potential industrial employers to Lincoln County.
A formal search will be conducted to find a permanent replacement, with the goal of having someone on board by July 1, a press release sent out by LEDA Monday afternoon noted.
This comes after an announcement earlier this month that Barry Matherly would be stepping down after taking a position with the Greater Richmond Partnership in Virginia, where he will be serving as senior vice president.
Gettys has been with LEDA for more than four years and has held the positions of existing business manager, business development manager and assistant director, the release states. She recently graduated from the Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute and is currently preparing for her certification in economic development.
“I am honored to have been asked to fill in as interim executive director and appreciate the confidence our board has in me,” she said in the release. “I have been fortunate to work under Barry Matherly, and I look forward to this opportunity to lead this organization.”
LEDA Board Chairman Tom Anderson said, “We are confident that Crystalâ€™s knowledge and experience of LEDAâ€™s goals and ongoing operations will serve us well during this period of leadership transition.”