Freeman leaves CCCED, countyeconomic development post

bbashioum@demo-mo.comNovember 1, 2013 

Melissa Freeman, director of economic development for Cass County, has resigned from her post to take a position with Cerner Corporation.

According to Cass County Commissioner Jeff Cox, Freeman’s annual contract with the county and was not set to either expire or be renewed until Dec. 31.

In addition to her role at the county, Freeman also served as the executive director of the Cass County Corporation for Economic Development organization.

Her last day was Oct. 18. A committee is in the process of being formed to search for Freemans replacement.

The three-person committee is expected to consist of Commissioner Cox, Raymore Mayor Pete Kerckhoff and Mark Dawson, the southeast/east district community affairs manager for KCP&L.

Cox said the county and the CCCED are expected to maintain the partnership they have had in the past, in which the individual selected for the position would fulfill the roles of both the countys economic development director and the director of the CCCED, pending approval from Cass County Commissioners and the CCCED board of directors.

Freeman’s contract with the county was signed in Sept. 2011.

During the course of Freeman’s tenure in the county, she was most recently tasked with an additional contract to investigate the feasibility of the Cass Broadband Initiative, which was ultimately shutdown by commissioners Feb. 25.

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