Kim Menefee has been named the sole finalist to become the new executive director of the Cumberland Community Improvement District.

Board Chair John Shern announced that Menefee was the lone finalist at the board’s April meeting.

Menefee is a former senior vice president of strategic community development for WellStar Health System. She left the organization in 2018 after corporate restructuring, where she received a base salary of $328,174.

She was also the 2015 chair of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.

Lynn Rainey, attorney for the CID’s board, said although Menefee has been named the finalist for the job, the board by law cannot hire her until the announcement has been public for 14 days.

Rainey said the board plans to vote to approve the hire at its next meeting on May 30.

No employment contract had been drafted as of April 25, Rainey said, so details about Menefee’s salary and start date have not been determined.

The CID’s board retained The Goodwin Group, an executive recruitment firm, to assist in the search for a new executive director, Rainey said. The fee for the Goodwin Group’s services was $60,000, according to CID documents.

Menefee would replace former executive director Tad Leithead, who resigned in January after being charged with driving under the influence in Forsyth County. Leithead received a base salary of $215,000.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect that Kim Menefee has been named the sole finalist for the executive director position, but has not yet been hired.

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