"The one we have is 15 years old," he said with a laugh.
Putnam County Commissioner Steve Andes, who serves on the Development Authority board, said Walton would be difficult to replace.
"He works well with the state Development Authority, he's well known and well liked." Andes said.
Andes said people only need to look at the business park in Fraziers Bottom "and what he's done there to bring in not only businesses but the development of it."
"We knew it would be hard to keep him forever ... this will be a lot more money for him," he said.
Andes said the board hopes to have someone fill Walton's position by May.
"We're going to get some résumés and see what happens. We want someone with experience," he said.
Walton will replace Marc Sprouse, who retired Jan. 31, as president of the Huntington area economic development organization, which covers Cabell and Wayne counties.
"The proximity of his efforts to the Huntington market allowed Mr. Walton to develop strong working relationships with HADCO personnel and stakeholders over the years," a news release from the organization said.
"We're excited to have Gary working with us," Stephen J. Golder, chairman of the organization's executive committee, said in the release.
He noted that a nationwide search had been conducted to fill the position.
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