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Bayuzik will head Jefferson development agency

May 08, 2009|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- An economic development professional who once worked for five years for the mayor of Pittsburgh will be the new executive director of the Jefferson County Development Authority.

Thomas Bayuzik Jr. will replace Jane Peters at the helm of the agency, according to Terry Marcus, president of the authority's board of directors.

Bayuzik, who most recently has been a private consultant in the Pittsburgh area, will be paid a "starting salary" of $75,000, Marcus said.

Marcus declined to disclose any personal information on Bayuzik other than to say he is "in his early 40s," is married and the father of three children.

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Calls to Bayuzik's home telephone number went unanswered.

According to Marcus, only six of the 53 persons who applied for the position were interviewed. None of the final six were local applicants, he said.

While all six were "highly qualified," Bayuzik "stood out," Marcus said. He credited Bayuzik with "reinventing Pittsburgh" after the decline of the steel industry in that Western Pennsylvania city.

Bayuzik will start his job in Jefferson County on June 1.

Peters, who has served as the authority's executive director since 1982, will officially leave the job May 15. She said Thursday that she will be available after that to help with the transition.

During her tenure, she has seen the opening of the Bardane Industrial Park and its contiguous Burr Business Park, both of which cover 450 acres off W.Va. 9. Some 56 private companies and government agencies occupy space in both facilities.

Last month, Peters estimated that the authority, by the end of 2007, has brought in more than $420 million in new industrial and commercial development to Jefferson County with a corresponding increase in property taxes of about $6.5 million a year.

Peters said last month that she has no immediate retirement plans other than to "take the summer off."

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