Leather Archives holds public interviews for next Exec Director

(From left) Executive director candidates Jeff Storer, Gary Wasdin and Alissa Swindell.

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago hosted open interview sessions for the three executive director position over the weekend.

The candidates each were interviewed on stage in the auditorium after private interviews and receptions throughout the day. Jeff Storer had his session on Friday, Dec. 1, Gary Wasdin on Dec. 2, and Alissa Swindell on Dec. 3.

Randall “Bear Man” Klett said that those attending the interviews or watching on the LA&M Facebook livestream would only be able to offer their input for a half hour after each interview. Randall also served as the on-stage interviewer for each interview, asking questions that had been submitted by the community and getting questions from the audience. 

“We have three extremely talented and viable candidates,” he said. “There’s community input like this forum, we’ve had focus groups with our volunteers, we’ve had meetings with the staff, we’ve had an electronic meeting with our full board of directors with each of these candidates, and we are gleaning information from every one of those to pick what we believe will be the best candidate and best executive director of the Leather Archives.”

The committee will give its recommendation to the full board by Dec. 10 and the board will vote on its choice by Dec. 17.

The video of each video is available at https://www.facebook.com/leatherarchives/.