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Dozens apply for top Halifax County positions

 

A total of 27 candidates have applied for the top county position of administrator, while 21 applicants have expressed interest in the county Industrial Development Authority job, county officials said last week.

Halifax County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution Thursday night informing the public it has narrowed the search for a new county administrator to the top six candidates.

 

Supervisors plan to interview the top six picks in closed meetings over the next 15 days at various times at undisclosed locations.

In December, current County Administrator George Nester announced he will retire at the end of this month after serving the county since April 2009 when he replaced former County Administrator Brian Foster.

Applications continue to come in for the Industrial Development Authority executive director position, according to Chris Lumsden, who is chairing that search committee.

The process to find a new authority director began in January and is expected to be complete with the hiring of a new director by July, according to Lumsden who said Friday he is pleased with the response.

The position is currently being advertised on website journals “with some success,” Lumsden said.

“The response has been pretty good,” he added, noting that most of the applications have been from candidates living outside of the state, and six from the commonwealth.

“We’ve had a few local and regional candidates,” he added.

He rated the applicants as “good to very good to excellent.”

Applications, most of which have been submitted electronically, will continue to be accepted for the position through the end of the month, and Lumsden said that deadline could be extended.

“Before we get to the end of the month, we’ll decide if we want to extend the deadline for applications,” he said.

“I think 21 is a pretty decent response, and most of the inquiries look pretty decent,” he told fellow authority board members.

Lumsden said the search committee may call upon the expertise of Liz Povar, the business development director for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, to assist during the interview process.

Meanwhile, the chairman said the search committee is keeping the Halifax County Board of Supervisors updated and informed during the search process.

In the search for a new Halifax County School Superintendent, school board member R. K. “Dick” Stoneman, who represents the board on the search committee, said at least 10 applications have been received as of Friday, with the deadline for receiving applications this coming Friday.

 

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