Development authority names interim director

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — The East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority has named Melissa Kania as its interim executive director.

EDDDA board members on Thursday voted 7-0 to give the job to Kania. Board members Rose Khalifa and Scott Saionz were absent.

Kania, 30, takes over the post following the resignation of former Executive Director Michael Boettcher, who left the position last month amid complaints from the board that he was not performing his job satisfactorily.

She takes over after two years as the authority’s office manager. Her initial duties were administrative, but over time grew to include launching initiatives and managing projects, said EDDDA Board Chairman John Morgan.

Prior to joining the authority, Kania worked as an office manager since 2001 at What’s Your Sign Graphics, 14245 Michigan Ave. She said she plans to enroll in marketing classes at Wayne County Community College this winter to help her in the new position.

“I am extremely pleased that the EDDDA board had enough confidence in my ability to consider me for this position,” she said. “The district is undergoing a steady transformation with several new development projects, and (our) intention is to bolster revitalization and support and promote our businesses.

“I am committed to this neighborhood and look forward to planning and developing new initiatives to market the district.”

EDDDA board members are in the process of identifying the qualities they desire for their next executive director, and Kania said she intends to apply for the job. Board members said a decision likely won’t be made until 2010.