The Greenwood School District superintendent is a step closer to being on the board responsible for overseeing development of former Fort Chaffee land.
The Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority (FCRA) nominating committee voted Tuesday with all in favor to recommend to the full board that John Ciesla take the empty director spot. He and Greenwood Mayor Doug Kinslow were up for the position.
Ciesla's interest in the FCRA was largely because, as an educator, he wanted to be a part of preparing students for the workforce, FCRA member Kelly Clark said, giving member Paul Beran a recap. Kinslow's interest was mainly in economic development and growing the community.
Beran, who made the motion to nominate Ciesla, said that he could see there being more potential conflicts of interest with Kinslow as a mayor and that a mayor being a voting member could create awkward ethical dilemmas.
"In the big scheme of things, I think you want somebody who, frankly, doesn't have a dog in the fight," Beran said. "And so, from Mr. Ciesla's position, he doesn't have a dog in the fight."
The full FCRA board will make a final decision at its meeting Thursday. If voted in, Ciesla will replace Bob Evans, who retired in December after 14 years on the board. The position is a five-year term and is unpaid.