Wickert Named Interim Executive Director of Starke County Economic Development Foundation

Starke County Economic Development Foundation Interim Executive Director Larry Wickert (SCEDF Photo)

The Starke County Economic Development Foundation will soon be looking for a new leader. Charlie Weaver has retired, after serving as the foundation’s executive director since 2005.

Foundation officials said in a press release that a formal search for a new executive director will begin in the near future. In the meantime, Larry Wickert, the president of the foundation’s board of directors, will serve as interim executive director.

The press release says Wickert previously managed a retail fertilizer plant and has worked as an agronomy consultant. He’s also a former Starke County commissioner.

Wickert told the Hamlet Town Council last week that Weaver will continue to serve as Starke County’s representative on the six-county U.S. 30 Coalition. The organization is pushing for the highway to be upgraded to freeway standards between Valparaiso and Fort Wayne.