CHARLES TOWN – Nic Diehl, who stepped in as executive director of the Jefferson County Development Authority in late 2017 just as details of the Rockwool factory here first made news, will leave his post next month.

Diehl, a West Virginia native who came in for months of fierce criticism as some citizens began protesting plans for the stonewool manufacturing plant, will become executive director of the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Authority in Martinsburg.

He’s set to start in the newly created role on May 22, Authority Chairman Jim Klein announced today.

“We are very pleased to have Nic join us in moving the airport forward,” Klein said. “Not only does he have extensive business and marketing knowledge in our region, he has maintained a wonderful relationship with the Department of Commerce, which we believe will serve the airport and the region well in the future.”

Klein said the position will involve marketing he airport and its many resources. Neil Doran will continue to manage the day-to-day airport operations at Shepherd Field.

Diehl also has been a director of the Region VII Workforce West Virginia Career Center, executive director of the United Way of Southern West Virginia and the executive director of Valley College.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising from Concord University and holds a master’s degree in communication from West Virginia University.

In his resignation letter, Diehl noted that he’s “highly concerned” about the county’s future as it relates to economic development.

“The JCDA has worked tirelessly to increase the tax base and to bring living wage jobs to Jefferson County,” he said. “I pray you can find a way to continue to do that. There are difficult days ahead.”

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