Bill Chaudoir Announces Retirement From DCEDC

The man who has guided the day-to-day operation of the Door County Economic Development Corporation since its inception nearly 28 years ago has announced his decision to retire at the end of 2016. The announcement by Bill Chaudoir came at a special meeting of the economic development corporation’s board of directors. The board reluctantly voted to accept Chaudoir’s letter of retirement. Mike Baudhuin, the non-profit organization’s chairman of the board, said Chaudoir’s resignation was “bittersweet” in that those who know him wish him well in retirement, but know that they would be losing a singularly special individual…


Baudhuin said the board understands that you don’t replace a person like Bill Chaudoir…


Bill Chaudoir was the founding employee of the Door County Economic Development Corporation in 1989. While working for Door County as an urban planner, he was a staff adviser the taskforce that recommended the creation of a public/private economic development organization. During his tenure, the list of his accomplishments range from the completion of a four-lane highway between Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay to the business incubator to waterfront redevelopment and the Sturgeon Bay shipbuilding cluster initiative.

A special personnel committee, headed up by Southern Door School District Superintendent Patti Vickman, has been given the task of finding Chaudoir’s replacement. Vickman says the process begins on Wednesday…


Vickman says the personnel committee will be aided by HR consultant Diane Biersteker in the wide-ranging recruitment effort…


The hope is that the recruitment process will lead to the hiring of a new executive director by mid-December so that Chaudoir can help his replacement transition into the job before the year ends.

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