County Commissioner Kenneth Rogers put a spin on the way interviews for the position of county codes enforcer went Monday night. Normally, commissioners on the Policy and Personnel Committee, along with County Executive John Pelham, take turns asking the candidates questions.
Prior to the interview session, Rogers referred to an Attorney General opinion which states it is the county executive’s job to conduct interviews and make a decision appointing department head positions. Rogers did not feel the commissioners should have a say in the decision-making process.
Pelham said he would do as Rogers saw fit, but said he would appreciate the commissioners’ input as to who they felt would be the best candidate for the job.
“I appreciate the opinion of the commissioners. I think it is better to have a lot of people looking at a situation instead of just going with the opinion of one person,” said Pelham.
Instead of answering questions posted by the commissioners, the interviewees themselves read aloud the questions and answered them.
Commissioners did rank each candidate’s answers on a scale of 1 to 5. Pelham asked to see the rankings and asked commissioners for their input following the interviews.
The men decided to narrow the field from eight to four sending the final four names to county attorney Rick Stacy for a thorough background check before a final decision is made.
Pelham said Tuesday afternoon all background checks on the four candidates were finished.
“We have background results already in,” said Pelham. “I have called and checked references on the four men we narrowed it down to. The scores from last night have been added and the scores line up with everyone agreeing. If we are able to have a quorum for a meeting this evening, I hope to get a recommendation. I would like to be able to call someone tonight (Tuesday) and offer the job pending results of a drug test and Motor Vehicle Review.”
A Policy and Personnel Committee meeting was called for Tuesday night to further discuss the county’s vacant codes job.
Members of the committee are Wayne Copeland, Ken Martin, Charles Morgan, Kenneth Rogers and George Smartt.