Gus Comstock, economic development director for the city of Delaware, was the county commissioners' unanimous choice for the same position with the county. He turned down the offer, however.

Gus Comstock, economic development director for the city of Delaware, was the county commissioners' unanimous choice for the same position with the county. He turned down the offer, however.

The vote came at the commissioners' March 26 meeting. They learned later that day Comstock had changed his mind about the post.

The county offered Comstock $87,000 a year. His base salary as Delaware development director is $83,000 a year.

"Gus has had a lot of experience within Delaware County and has a lot of networking within the area," commission president Tommy Thompson said.

Comstock said, "I want to thank the commissioners for considering me to serve as county economic develop ment director. This was a great honor, and I felt that I could bring some views and ideas that would assist the county. However, it has become apparent during this process that this position will not work for me and I must withdraw my name from consideration. As the city and county move forward on economic development initiatives, there will be many opportunities where I can and will work to assure mutual success."

"He is exactly what we were looking for, in my opinion," commissioner Todd Hanks said.

The other finalists were David Claborn, vice president of marketing and communications for The Missouri Partnership in St. Louis; James Bischof, executive director of the Fostoria Economic Development Corp. in Fostoria; and Donald Kaszynski, a self-employed consultant in economic and business development and former vice president of economic development for the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.