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Board hires new Main Street director

Fourth Fridays organizer Groharing was formidable candidate last time around

Published: Friday, July 19, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Janna Groharing
Susan Boyd
Ed Cox

STERLING – Soon, Sterling Main Street will have a new executive director, and it will be a familiar face.

Susan Boyd, who was hired to lead Main Street in October 2011, informed the group’s board of her resignation during its meeting last month. Thursday, the board made a formal offer to Janna Groharing, 41, of Sterling, who immediately accepted. 

Groharing, manager of The Precinct, 113 E. Third St., has been on the Main Street board for nearly 2 years, served as chairwoman of the promotions committee and was instrumental in the creation of Fourth Fridays. She also was a candidate for the executive director position when Boyd was hired.

Ed Cox, president of the Main Street board, said it was a tough decision choosing between Boyd and Groharing the last time they looked for an executive director. This time around, the board knew exactly who it wanted, and Groharing showed interest in the position immediately.

The board believed so strongly in Groharing that it chose not to open up the job to outside candidates, which is the usual procedure, he said.

“I didn’t know whether or not there was going to be a formal process and whether they would interview again,” Groharing said. “I didn’t know how that would play out. I wasn’t privy to those talks. I was just very excited that they were able to make the offer.”

Groharing and Boyd will be simultaneously employed for 3 weeks, which hopefully will lead to a “seamless transition,” Cox said.

Boyd’s husband, Preston, works for Hill Fastener and accepted a transfer to a location in Kentucky, which is closer to home. Boyd is a Louisville native. 

“When I took over, the director had already left,” Boyd said. “And I came into nothing and figured it out. ... Janna knows what it is all about.”

Boyd also said Groharing’s experience heading Main Street’s promotions will be an advantage in her new role. 

“People don’t just come downtown to come downtown,” Boyd said. “They have to have a reason.”

Groharing said she wants to spend the 3 weeks of simultaneous employment, which begins Monday, learning the intricacies of the day-to-day operations.

“I talked to Susan for about 5 minutes after I got the job and told her to look at her calendar to find a time when they could sit down and talk,” Groharing said. “It’s all too soon to talk about [changes or goals]. I want to continue the good things that they’ve done.” 

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