Special to The Hays Daily News

The Downtown Hays Development Corp. announced Traci Stanford has resigned as the executive director due to unexpected health reasons.

“I am so blessed to have been able to work for the DHDC and to give back to the heart of the community,” Stanford said. “Downtown is my absolute favorite thing about Hays, and this was not an easy decision, but I have to do what is best for me and my family.”

Stanford’s last day will be Dec. 11. The DHDC would like to thank Stanford for her dedication to the community.

“Though we are saddened to lose Traci as executive director of the DHDC, we wish her the best. She has done an exceptional job and made a positive impact during her time with us,” said DHDC President Stacey Smith. “The application process is now open, and the Board of Directors is committed to finding the best candidate for downtown Hays. We look forward to continue advocating for the heart of our community.”

The DHDC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster awareness and promote downtown Hays as a vibrant center of commerce, recreation, arts, government and history that serves the people of Hays, the surrounding region and visitors. The DHDC will work to prevent the deterioration and enhance the viability of the community’s cultural centers, historical landmarks and public infrastructure important to the community’s economic and cultural well-being.

Questions about the executive director position can be directed to (785) 621-4171 or emailed to dhdc@downtownhays.com or visit www.DowntownHays.com.