Thirty-four people applied for the Warren County codes/ environmental officer position which will become vacant at the end of August with David Smith changing jobs to work in the office of Property Assessor Beth Martin beginning Sept. 1.
The list of people who applied for the position of codes/ environmental officer was impressive with several local contractors and well-respected businessmen among those who applied for the job.
“Time are tough. Houses aren’t selling like they used to. These people are looking for steady work,” said Commissioner Wayne Copeland.
It was asked that the names of the applicants not be released because many of them have other jobs that could be jeopardized.
The committee, led by chair Ken Martin, discussed setting the cap on pay at $32,500 which is $18 less a year than Smith is making as codes enforcer now. Committee members agreed to pay for any training or classes the new codes enforcer will need to effectively do his or her job.
“David already had that training and the qualifications when he started here,” said County Executive John Pelham. “Several things have also been added to the job description since he started.”
Martin suggested allowing the new hire one year to become certified in the position. He also suggested the new codes enforcer must work four years for the county, or will have to pay back the cost of training. If the person quits after one year, 75 percent should be paid back, 50 percent paid back if the person quits after two years, and 25 percent if he or she quits after three years.
Members present, Martin, Copeland and Kenneth Rogers looked at all applications and rated each on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best as to the candidate’s previous job experience.
Candidates with a building background, codes knowledge and working with the public received the highest ratings.
The applicants with the seven highest combined scores will be called for interviews which will take place next week.
Pelham did not rate the applicants.
Committee members Charles Morgan and George Smartt were absent.