Leader chosen for new Wellness Center

Adam Long, of Liberty, Mo., has been named executive director of Clear Lake’s new Wellness Center.

The wellness center’s five-member governing board selected Long as the facility’s first executive director in late May after an extensive search and interview process, and he was introduced to the Clear Lake City Council Monday evening during its meeting. 

He will lead and manage all facets of the $10.6 million wellness center, which is a collaboration between the City of Clear Lake and the Clear Lake Community School District. 

Long said the tight-knit nature of Clear Lake reminds him of his hometown. 

“I grew up in a small community, and I thought it would be great to get in a bigger city, and now I’m here, and holy moly, I’m looking forward to a smaller one where there is a true sense of community.”

Clear Lake City Administrator Scott Flory said he was convinced Long, who has nearly 20 years of health and wellness experience, was the right choice for the position because of his “cultural fit” for the job and his understanding of the interrelationships with the community and the school district.

“He also impressed me as the type of leader that would be able to motivate a staff and be a health and wellness resource for people of all ages and backgrounds,” he said. “Adam’s passion for Clear Lake and desire to raise his family here were also very important qualities to me.”

Long was among 15 candidates who applied for the wellness center executive director position, including six semi-finalists who interviewed with the Wellness Center Board of Directors via Zoom and two finalists who visited Clear Lake in May. 

Clear Lake Community School District Superintendent Doug Gee met Long during his visit last month

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