36 applicants in running for county administrator post
Thirty-six applicants have been chosen by a search firm to be interviewed for Gloucester County’s next county administrator. The board will likely set dates to interview potential candidates in the coming weeks, according to Ashley Chriscoe, chairman of the Gloucester Board of Supervisors.
Chriscoe said the application deadline for candidates seeking the position was Aug. 10. “There is a likelihood that at our next meeting we will discuss interview dates to meet with potential candidates,” Chriscoe said. The board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the colonial courthouse.
In June, county supervisors voted to pay $21,000 to Waters & Company Executive Recruitment, a Texas-based consulting firm, to conduct the search process for the county’s next chief executive.
During that meeting, Chriscoe said the company’s typical recruitment process takes about 90 days on average. Then, he said the board has to take into consideration the time it will take to negotiate a contract and salary and when the chosen candidate is able to start.
Brenda Garton, the county’s last county administrator, resigned on April 30 to take a job in Frederick County, a municipality with more than twice the population of Gloucester. She had been Gloucester’s top official since August 2008.
In May, county supervisors appointed retired James City County administrator Sanford “Sandy” Wanner as Gloucester’s interim county administrator. He entered a four-month contract and is being paid $10,250 per month.
“Mr. Wanner did agree to a contract until August, but has agreed to stay on until the new county administrator is hired and coming on board,” Chriscoe said.