Leonardo McClarty, president/CEO of the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce, has accepted a job as director of economic and community development in the city of York, Pennsylvania.
McClarty, who has headed the Chamber for 9 1/2 years, said his last day with the Chamber is May 23. He will start in York on June 3 at a salary of $95,500 annually. The city of York is located about 55 miles north of Baltimore and has a population of about 45,000. It is located in York County, which has a population of 450,000.
“I’m excited and at the same time, I will miss DeKalb,” said McClarty, a Georgia native who has spent 13 of his 16 professional years in DeKalb.
McClarty was chosen from a field of more than 100 applicants. He said he will report to the mayor of York and his responsibilities will include overseeing economic development, housing, code enforcement, health inspections, planning, permitting and zoning.
McClarty said during his tenure with the DeKalb Chamber, the organization grew to 600 members and now has an annual operating budget of $640,000.
“When I first came to the Chamber, we had 300 members. Our numbers have fluctuated over the years but now we can pay the bills. We have not only grown in membership, but in the quality of businesses that we have attracted as members,” said McClarty, who oversees a staff of three full-time employees, an intern and two accounting contractors. “Our membership includes a number of large corporations as well as small businesses. One of the things that I am very pleased about is the fact that our members are engaged and active.”
McClarty said the DeKalb Chamber also has strong leadership on its board of directors with top-notch professionals.
McClarty said he believes that the organization will continue to grow with the right person at the helm. He said he plans to meet with the Chamber’s board to strategize about how to go about finding a replacement to head the organization.