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Administrator search narrowed to three

February 03, 2007|by TARA REILLY

The Washington County Commissioners have narrowed the list of candidates for county administrator down to three people.

The commissioners likely will make a selection by Feb. 20, Commissioners President John F. Barr said Friday.

The new county administrator will replace the retiring Rodney M. Shoop.

Shoop announced his retirement in September. He plans to stay in the position until the new county administrator is brought up to speed to help ease the transition.

"My commitment to the county is that I'm willing to continue as county administrator until they get the hiring over with ..." Shoop said Friday.

About 45 people applied for the job, Barr said. The pool of candidates was broken down into three groups - highly qualified, qualified and nonqualified.

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Of the highly qualified and qualified applicants, Barr said the commissioners picked six to interview.

Three of those six candidates will be interviewed a second time, Barr said.

The county advertised nationally for a county administrator. The pay range for the job is $81,567 to $130,507.

Shoop's salary is $110,299. He has been county administrator for 12 years.

Barr said he was pleased with the response to the open position.

One of the candidates interviewed was from Utah, another from New York and a third from the Washington, D.C., area, he said.

"We have had applicants from all over the country, basically," Barr said.

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