Members of the county’s Policy and Personnel Committee narrowed the search for a new codes enforcer from 23 applicants to eight Monday night.
The position has been vacant since Jason Simmons resigned Sept. 6 after exactly one year on the job. Simmons replaced David Smith, who held the position for four years.
In a letter written the beginning of September to commissioners, Simmons stated, “I had other opportunities unfold in front of me and would like to pursue those options at this time in my life.”
Committee members on hand Monday looked at all applications and rated each on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best. County Executive John Pelham was present but did not rate the applicants. Names of applicants were covered and applications were numbered.
Candidates with a building background, codes knowledge and experience working with the public received the highest ratings.
The applicants with the eight highest combined scores will be called for interviews which will take place Monday, Oct. 7.
Salary for the new codes enforcer will be based on experience. Simmons’ salary was $30,000 per year.
Committee members present for the meeting were Commissioners Ken Martin, Wayne Copeland, Charles Morgan and George Smartt. Commissioner Kenneth Rogers was absent.