CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three months after choosing their first new president in eight years, East End Main Street directors are once again looking for a leader.
Board members were caught off guard just before Christmas by the announcement by their president, Andy Milovich, that he was leaving his job as executive vice president of the West Virginia Power to take a similar job in Myrtle Beach.
"It's a big loss for Charleston, a big loss for East End Main Street," said Ric Cavender, executive director of East End Main Street.
"He and I spoke at length [on Dec. 22] about that," Cavender said. "I think he's leaving pretty soon, the 15th [of January.] We wish him the best."
Milovich joined the group's board about three years ago, served on several committees and was unanimously elected president in September. He replaced longtime president Mary Anne Crickard, who decided to step down after leading the board for eight years.
"He not only got the West Virginia Power involved with East End Main Street, but he's been really engaged from the get-go," Cavender said. "He's helped with HallowEast."
The organization will follow its written protocols for finding a new president, he said. "Our nominating committee will meet in the next week or so and discuss a replacement -- someone on the board for at least a year -- to be president.
"I think Andy will make a recommendation, although that won't be binding."
Milovich's departure coincides with a restructuring within East End Main Street, as the group seeks to add a business arm, Cavender said.