Verla resigns as EDC director
BAKERSVILLE – Mitchell County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Laura Verla has resigned.
She announced the decision Thursday, May 18, citing a relative’s health issues has prompted her to take a position with her family’s business, Peoples Furniture in Spruce Pine.
“Some serious health challenges in my family will require my mom to be out of the family business quite a lot tending to that family member, and they were already so busy they needed to hire someone anyway,” she said. “It’s something that’s always been on my mind, and I feel it’s the right time for me to make that move.”
Verla is a Mitchell County native and a Certified Public Accountant. She was hired as EDC director in October of 2016 after a three-year search and began working in the position Nov. 14.
“I am grateful I had this opportunity and have enjoyed my time with EDC,” she said. “I do truly love our community and will continue to work to improve it. I believe there are some great projects in the works, and I hope they come to fruition. I regret that my time with EDC was cut short, but I hope you can understand the situation. I look forward to continuing to work with you, just in a different capacity and role.”
Mitchell County Commissioner and EDC board chair Keith Holtsclaw said replacing Verla will be a difficult task.
“I know how smart she is and she was hired for her potential,” he said. “She had the background and the education needed to do that job.”
A transition team is being assembled and the search for a new director will begin immediately, Holtsclaw said.
“We will likely find someone to do this job in the interim because I don’t want to do it again,” he said. “I am sorry to see (Verla) go and am even more sad about the circumstances that dictated that decision.”
Verla will assist in the transition one day a week, Holtsclaw said.