Sometimes you just have to move on. That’s what Mike Norton, the former executive director of the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District, said to Whispers in the aftermath of his abrupt resignation on Sept. 17.
Norton, damaged by the nasty split in March with the district’s partner, the Northwest Arkansas Area Agency on Aging, paid the final price when his board of directors, led by Berryville mayor Tim McKinney, asked him to step down, which he did immediately.
Keep in mind that Norton had been at the district for 41 years, and for 24 of those years he was the top executive at an office that presides over a nine-county area and can administer as much as $30 million in a year. For Norton to step down without a fight meant he had seen the writing on the wall.
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