MAQUOKETA, Iowa — A new director has been hired to lead Jackson County Economic Alliance.

Kelley Brown will take over the role effective Nov. 1, filling a vacancy created by the September departure of Nic Hockenberry, who then joined Greater Dubuque Development Corp.

A Jackson County resident, Brown has served as the grant and city support services manager for East Central Intergovernmental Association since January, according to a press release. She previously served as city clerk and city administrator in both Grimes and Winterset, Iowa.

“Kelley’s background and experience will help her hit the ground running,” said Jack Willey, the chairman of the Jackson County Economic Alliance Board of Directors and a county supervisor. “Her knowledge of local government and of state and regional partners will certainly be of benefit to the JCEA.”

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