Minority Business Liaison for Lexington’s Division of Purchasing Leaving for New Post

Originally posted online July 8, 2015 11:08 a.m. 

Last updated: July 8, 2015 12:20 p.m.

Marilyn Clark, the minority business liaison within the division of purchasing for Lexington Fayette Urban County Government is leaving for Fayette County Public Schools.

marilyn_clark Clark was the first to hold this staff position, established in 2010, that was created to help minorities and women through the process of doing business with the city of Lexington and to increase government spending with these groups.

At Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) Central Office, Clark will manage the Economic Development office and also be charged with fulfilling the district’s diversity goals for spending with minority and women owned businesses. The 2004 strategic plan called for a 10 percent increase in minority- and women-owned business contracts and expenditures.

The FCPS position that Clark with fill was also created in 2010. Darryl Thompson was the first hired for the new post and held it until earlier this year, when he became the Associate Director of Minority Recruitment & Retention for FCPS.

“I am excited to be named the new Manager of Economic Development for Fayette County Public Schools,” said Clark. ”Over the past five years, Darryl and I have collaborated on issues and projects pertaining to economic inclusion for minority and women owned businesses. This is a good time to be working for FCPS. I believe the new Superintendent, Manny Caulk, will bring a fresh perspective and experience to the position. ”

Marilyn’s last day with LFUCG will be Friday, July 10 and a FCPS start date for Clark has not be determined. Clark said, ”Mayor Gray and my manager, Todd Slatin, have been very supportive of the work that I’ve done here.”

Slatin said that Lexington’s Division of Purchasing has worked closely with FCPS in the past to register and encourage certification of minority owned businesses and expects that to continue. ”Marilyn did a fantastic job, we were lucky to have her for the time we did,” he said. ”The good thing is, Lexington is a small enough community that we’ll continue to work with her and benefit from her work.”

The Minority Business Liaison position will be posted on the LFUCG website this week. Slatin said they will first try to fill the position from within the region, but will go outside if a suitable candidate isn’t found.

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