Current ISDA Director Joe Kelsay will end his official duties on Friday; and, while the new administration will take over on Monday, no new director for the department of agriculture has been named. Incoming Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann told HAT they have been engaged in a vigorous search, but are not ready to name a new director yet, “We have cast a wide net to find the best individual for this position. Know that we have been working diligently and are very close to making an announcement.” While she declined to give a date when the announcement would be made, she indicated it would be soon.
In addition to director, there are several other key positions at ISDA that need to be filled. Ellspermann acknowledged this situation and indicated they were working hard to also fill those key slots, “We want to give the new director some say on who are some of their direct reports.”