The Medford Food Co-op's manager Emile Amarotico will take the top job at the Ashland Food Co-op, leaving the Medford store to conduct a national search for a new general manager.

The Medford Food Co-op's manager Emile Amarotico will take the top job at the Ashland Food Co-op, leaving the Medford store to conduct a national search for a new general manager.

Amarotico will replace Richard Katz, who is retiring effective July 1.

Medford's board of directors praised Amarotico's performance in launching the Co-op, stating in a news release that his new position "harbors an even closer working relationship between our co-ops and the growth of the co-op experience in the Rogue Valley."

— Sanne Specht