Goodale appointed MCEDA director

Bill Goodale, who has worked for the Mohave County Economic Development Authority since 1994 and served as acting executive director for 11 months, has been named executive director following a nationwide search.

The 16-member board of directors of MCEDA voted unanimously on Dec.

21 to name Goodale executive director after interviewing him and a finalist from Texas and reviewing a total of 29 applicants, president Henry Varga announced.

The board plans to meet on Jan.

11 to discuss goals with Goodale and to listen to concerns from the public, Varga said.

Varga, a certified public accountant, said he plans to step down as president, a position he has held for six years, and hold an election during the meeting to replace him.

"There was a lot of history with Bill (Goodale) and he knows the area and he is qualified," Varga said.

"He has been able to carry the torch fairly well and he has participated in the recruitment of some companies that have come in over the past year."

Goodale, who will earn $60,000 a year, said he is "real excited" about being named executive director of MCEDA and plans to make the job a career position.

He said he looks forward to recruiting good jobs and expanding the county's tax base.

"We have two things going for us right now," he said.

"We have the infrastructure at Griffith (Energy Project) and we have the available labor force to accommodate these companies."

MCEDA contracts with Mohave County government to recruit industries with good-paying jobs and receives the bulk of its $189,000 annual budget from the county.

Goodale, 53, started as the part-time assistant director of MCEDA in 1994 and became full time two years later.

The MCEDA board named him acting director in February after announcing that then-Executive Director Don Van Brunt was resigning.

Van Brunt resigned within a month following media accounts that he was convicted of felony counterfeiting in 1982 in Orange County, Calif.

MCEDA also has been under fire for its support of natural gas-fired power plants, private prisons and other controversial industries.

Griffith critic Pete Byers, who was elected county supervisor for District 1 on Nov.

7 and began serving as supervisor on Tuesday, said it made sense to hire from within.

"I can't see them bringing in a new person and hiring them because I am not sure what the (two) other supervisors are going to do about MCEDA," he said.

"I am not sure what I am going to do.

I am probably going to ask for some reorganization of the way they are doing business."

Asked about Goodale, Byers said, "I think he'll do OK.

I was on the (Kingman) Planning and Zoning Commission with him for three years.

I think he can handle the job."

Goodale, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, earned a bachelor's degree in urban studies in 1970 from Mankato (Minn.) State University (now Minnesota State).

He started his career that year as assistant county planner in Wood County, Wis.

After working in Wisconsin and Colorado, Goodale came to Kingman in 1973 to head the county planning department.

He left after a new board of supervisors elected in 1976 replaced him and other county department heads.

Before joining MCEDA, Goodale worked for his father-in-law, former automobile dealer Ellis Rucker, and sold insurance.

Married for 25 years to Doris Goodale - who is second in charge of the county probation department - Goodale has two teen-aged children with Doris and two daughters from a previous marriage.