Former MADC executive director takes similar job in Watertown

It didn’t take long for the Watertown Development Company to name a new executive director.

Less than two weeks after Chris Schilken left the job, its been announced that Mark Vaux will replace him.

Vaux has ties to Watertown. His parents were born and raised there, and his grandfather was the former Watertown police chief.

Vaux has a background in economic development, playing a key role in developments such as a food processing plant in Huron, a wind manufacturing plant in Aberdeen, and the recruitment of a call center.

He also led the Mitchell Area Development Corporation which included the acquisition and development of five new properties and businesses in a six-month period.

Schilken left the WDC earlier this month and is now the deputy director of the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development.