12-year development council director moves to community service job

Friday, August 22, 2014 | 6:23 p.m. CDT; updated 7:41 p.m. CDT, Saturday, August 23, 2014

COLUMBIA — Don Stamper, executive director of the Central Missouri Development Council for the past 12 years, will become executive director of the Missouri Community Services Commission.

Stamper will begin his new job Aug. 27 in Jefferson City.

Stamper will help communities with the AmeriCorps program, which is part of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. “My job involves assisting and helping the community and those in need, and expanding volunteerism spirit in our state,” Stamper said.

Stamper, who also is a former Boone County presiding commissioner, said that during his time with the development council, it has been active in calling attention to city actions, public policy issues and local elections. One of the group's goals is to get business-minded people elected to City Council.

Development council President Billy Sapp said Stamper has been instrumental in explaining how planned economic development in the community helps provide jobs and improves quality of life.

Jill Kline, spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, said in an email that Stamper’s salary will begin at $52,500 per year. The department thinks Stamper is a qualified candidate who shares the department's vision for growing Missouri's economy.

“It is a new job and new focus,” Stamper said. “There are elements of the new job that I have been passionate about for a long time, and this is an opportunity to work in those areas of passion.”

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.

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