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Supes turn to consulting firm to find new administrator

Although the search for a new county administrator is taking longer than expected, Halifax County Supervisors are scheduled to interview two more viable candidates within the next 10 days, County Administrator George Nester said Tuesday.

After being turned down by several potential administrator candidates who took jobs elsewhere, supervisors depleted their list of 27 possibilities and were forced to take a different approach at finding the right person for the job.

After narrowing the original list of 27 down to the top six picks, supervisors interviewed the potential candidates in closed meetings over a 15-day period but were unable to select a new administrator from the group.

They then turned to Springsted Municipal Consulting of Richmond to see if that firm could refer any candidates for the county administrator position.

Springsted, a large consulting firm that performs chief executive searches for local governments, provided one candidate, Nester said, and Virginia Tech Center for Public Service referred the other potential candidate.

Supervisors still have targeted July 1 as the date for having a new administrator in place, Nester said.