The Halifax County Industrial Development Authority announced Thursday it has selected a consulting firm, Jorgensen Consulting of Greensboro, North Carolina, to conduct a search for the organization’s new executive director

The IDA had sent out a request for proposal to 13 consulting firms that conduct executive director searches and received four responses.

A committee consisting of the IDA’s interim executive director Mike Davidson, chairman of the IDA board of directors Robert Bates and IDA board member Jeremy Satterfield chose to interview the top three ranked respondents, Davidson explained.

Out of those firms, Jorgensen was the standout.

“Jorgensen had much more experience hiring economic development directors, and that was one of the things that made them be the No. 1 top ranked respondent when the interviews were conducted,” Davidson related.

Jorgensen Consulting is a “leading national executive search firm serving organizations in non-profit, economic and community development industries,” according to the firm’s website: The firm has 27 years of experience.

The search process for the IDA’s new executive director will kick off April 16 at the IDA’s regular board meeting, and is expected to take between 90 and 120 days to complete, according to a news release the IDA sent to the Gazette Thursday.

In addition to meeting with the IDA board, Davidson said Jorgensen would meet with a stakeholder group to discuss the qualifications for the IDA executive director position.

That stakeholder group will include representatives from the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce, Halifax County Tourism, the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance, the Halifax County Service Authority, the South Boston and Halifax town managers, Mayor Ed Owens, chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, and Dr. Mark Lineburg, superintendent of Halifax County Public Schools.

“We identified a stakeholder group, and Jorgensen will engage them in a conversation and get feedback from them on what they think the knowledge, skills and abilities the candidate for the IDA executive director position needs to have to help them put together a candidate profile,” Davidson said.

After conducting their search for candidates for the IDA executive director, Davidson said Jorgensen would bring back a minimum of eight top candidates to the executive director selection committee.

The selection committee will review the candidates’ qualifications and bring the top one or two candidates before the full IDA board for a final selection.

Davidson has served as part-time interim executive director for the Halifax County IDA since November and will continue to serve in that role until a permanent executive director for the Authority is selected.

In addition to hiring a new executive director, the Halifax County IDA also plans to hire two new staff members — a facilities manager and operations manager — in the near future. The IDA currently has no full-time staff members.

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at