Thursday, January 17, 2013

UPDATE: Anthony Lyons Rehired in Florida, One Day After CCDC Resignation

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 10:38 AM

UPDATE: Jan. 17 10 a.m.

The Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency announced early today that Anthony Lyons, who resigned as executive director of the Capital City Development Corporation, would return to his old job as Gainesville's CRA director, on or about Monday, Feb. 18.

Lyons left the Gainesville post in December 2011 to become CCDC's director.

"We have selected the most qualified candidate from a national pool of exceptional applicants," said Gainesville City Manager Russ Blackburn this morning. "In Anthony, the CRA will have a proven leader who knows Gainesville, and can hit the ground running without missing a beat,”

ORIGINAL STORY Jan. 16

Anthony Lyons: The decision was a challenge to make, given my short tenure, great board, organization and City, but is based solely upon family considerations.
  • Anthony Lyons: "The decision was a challenge to make, given my short tenure, great board, organization and city, but is based solely upon family considerations."

One year ago, Boise Weekly sat down to talk with Anthony Lyons, the newly appointed director of the Capital City Development Corporation (BW, Citizen, "Anthony Lyons," Jan. 4, 2012).

This afternoon, BW spoke with Lyons about leaving.

"Well, it's been an interesting day," he said.

Lyons had just submitted his resignation to CCDC Chairman Phil Reberger, writing that, "The decision was a challenge to make, given my short tenure, great board, organization and city, but is based solely upon family considerations."

Lyons told BW that his family was moving back the Southeast, probably sometime in February.

"Yes, we're going back to Florida," he said.

Lyons told BW that CCDC "has been a great organization over many years and, in particular, over the past year."

"We've had great success in what we did organizationally, with projects, with transparency, with focus and working everything we do into the mission of our agency," he said.

As for his successor, who will be the third CCDC executive director in less than two years, "I'm working on that with the board right now," said Lyons.

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