Streetsboro seeking new economic development director

By Mike Lesko | Gateway News Published:

Streetsboro Economic Development Director Bill Bishilany is resigning as of March 10, saying he's accepted a new job offer that "he couldn't pass up."

Bishilany will become the chief of staff for the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency in Columbus, working for director Kevin Miller. He will begin his duties March 10.

"It was an offer I couldn't refuse," he said. "It's a different atmosphere at state government than local government. I like being in a leadership position. It's an exciting challenge, and it's about helping people who really need help."

Bishilany served as Streetsboro's economic development director since April 29, 2013. His annual salary was $84,000.

"Bill will oversee a large staff. He couldn't pass up this offer," said Mayor Glenn Broska. "Bill said they offered him the job once before, and he turned it down because he wanted to be working in Streetsboro. They came after him again"

Broska said the city has "put out feelers" for a successor.

"We are interviewing candidates. We have one candidate who is rated extremely high, and we are doing what we can to bring that person on board."

Broska said the person that takes that position will be positioning themselves to be "very successful."

"Streetsboro is getting a lot of notice (in terms of economic development)," he said. "If that person comes in and beats the bushes and busts their chops, they're going to do the city proud."

Broska praised Bishilany's performance. "Bill has brought professionalism here that we have not seen," he said.

Bishilany is a former deputy state treasurer and state economic development director, and a former Seven Hills director of public works and five-term Seven Hills City Council member and council president.

Email: mlesko@recordpub.com

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