MONROE The Monroe County Board of Commissioners could get its first look next week at the candidates who want to become the next county administrator.
Frank Spreeman, human services director, said the county has received 20 applications for administrator, a position that will become vacant June 30 when Charles Londo steps down.
The candidates were obtained after the county posted advertisements in key professional publications and newsletters that circulate to government employees.
The application deadline was in early May.
Dale Zorn, vice chairman of the board of commissioners, said he hoped to get the list of applicants at the June 23 meeting.
Mr. Spreeman said the applications were sent to a screening team that is working independent of the commissioners.
The screening group includes Michael Bosanac, the county s director of purchasing and property, Ron LaBeau, retired president and chief executive officer of Monroe Bank & Trust, and county attorney Martin Kamprath.
Mr. Zorn said the screening team was told to review the applications to determine if any don t meet the minimum requirements set by the board.
Mr. Zorn said the early phase will involve the screening group judging the qualifications and prioritizing candidates to recommend the most qualified people to the board.
The objective is to put some order to it, and do some basic evaluation of the candidates, providing the board with a priority listing, he said.
However, commissioners will get the names of all 20 candidates.
The board of commissioner voted 5-4 in February against extending the contract of Mr. Londo and approved the job description in April.
Among the qualities in the administrator desired by commissioners is an administrator who has a strong background in finance. Mr. Londo is also the county chief financial officer.
We want to make sure we get the right mix of person for this job who brings strong capabilities in finances, particularly in county government. Our biggest problems today are budgetary problems, Mr. Zorn said.
Chairman William Sisk said he also wants an administrator with strong interpersonal skills who can foster relationships among the county board, staff, and elected officials.
We are also looking for a team player, he said.
Mr. Sisk and Mr. Zorn said ideally the new administrator should be in place before Mr. Londo leaves.
However, the time frame needed for reviewing applications and interviewing finalists will likely push the hiring date to late July or early August.
We would like to do it as quickly as we can with the understanding that we don t want to rush into it, Mr. Sisk said.
Mr. Sisk said there are no plans to keep Mr. Londo on the job until a replacement is found or hire him as a consultant.
I just don t see it happening, he said. Mr. Londo moves on. The county moves on.