Friday, April 17, 2009

County narrows search for new administrator

Choice could be made by end of next week

Express Staff Writer

The search for a new Blaine County administrator has been narrowed down from 21 to three.

The finalists are interim county administrator Charlene Nelson; Robert Jasper, of Grand Junction, Colo.; and Derek Voss, of Boise.

Nelson has been serving as the interim administrator since the end of February, when former Administrator Mike McNees stepped down to take another job. Prior to that, she served as operations and special projects manager for Blaine County. Nelson has two master's degrees, one in education from the University of Washington and one in counseling.

Jasper has worked with both Mesa and Archuleta counties, in western Colorado. Jasper holds a master's in public administration from the University of California at Riverside, and he has worked in city and county governments since 1976.

Voss is currently the director of administrator services and the chief risk officer for Ada County. He has a master's degree in management from Florida State University.

The candidates will participate next Thursday, April 23, in two more interviews, one with the county commissioners and one with heads of county departments and staff. Following the interviews, commissioners will hold a closed meeting to debrief and possibly select a new administrator.

"My goal would be to have a final decision on Friday," said Blaine County Commissioner Tom Bowman. "Although, you never can tell."

Prior to the final interviews, next Wednesday the public is invited to attend a meet-and-greet event with the three candidates and their spouses at Chester and Jake's on Main Street in Hailey. The reception will take place from 5-7 p.m.

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