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County struggling to find qualified permits inspector

October 06, 2004|by TARA REILLY

After unsuccessful attempts to find a qualified director of permits and inspections, Washington County Administrator Rodney Shoop asked the County Commissioners to consider raising the salary for that position.

Shoop said the county advertised the vacancy twice but couldn't find anyone with management experience.

The position currently pays $47,500 to $76,000 a year. Shoop asked that the salary be increased to range from $51,400 to $82,000 a year.

"We are at a standstill now," Shoop said.

"I'm just a little confused ..." Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell asked. "Have you set your standards way too high? Or are you looking for something that doesn't exist?"

Shoop said he thought it was critical that the county find someone with management experience.

Shoop said he and county staff discussed hiring a headhunter to find a qualified candidate, but that would not be economically feasible for the county.

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"We have scoured through ... and have not been able to find anyone suitable," Shoop said.

Former Permits and Inspections Director Bill Sprague left the job a few months ago. Before that, Paul Prodonovich was the director for about 30 years.

Commissioner John C. Munson asked what would happen if the commissioners increased the salary but the county still couldn't find qualified applicants.

Shoop said he didn't know.

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