Four interviewed for top Clark County job

Commissioners interviewed two candidates on Friday and will interview two more candidates on Monday.

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The candidates receiving interviews include:

• Warren Brown, Huron County director of human resources and risk management.

• Jennifer Hutchinson, city of Marysville finance director.

• Charles Patterson, Clark County health commissioner.

• Larry Slane, Madison County chief information officer.

The candidates are top quality, Clark County Commissioner John Detrick said. Commissioners will begin sorting through the candidates later in the week.

“We’re very enthused,” Detrick said.

Commissioners are searching for a replacement for Clark County Administrator Nathan Kennedy, who announced last month he will resign to become the Snohomish County finance director in Washington state.

The job was posted on June 26 and will stay posted until it’s filled, according to the county’s website. Slane’s application was recently received by the county’s human resources department.

It’s possible more interviews could be done in the future, Detrick said.

“You always leave the door open,” Detrick said.

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Human Resources Director Michelle Noble will serve as the interim county administrator beginning Aug. 8 until a permanent replacement is hired. Clark County Utilities and Solid Waste District Director Chuck Bauer will serve as second in command, Detrick said.

The new county administrator will oversee a general fund budget of more than $42 million and about 340 county employees. Kennedy, the second administrator in the county’s history, earned about $123,000 in salary last year.

The job will pay between $110,000 and $140,000. The administrator serves as both the chief executive officer and the chief budgetary officer. Several departments report to the administrator, including building and grounds, Board of County Commissioners’ clerk and administrative offices, community and economic development, dog warden, information systems, Emergency Management Agency, Department of Job and Family Services, personnel, Solid Waste District and utilities.

Patterson, a Shawnee High School and Wright State University graduate who has served in his role since 2000, was the only local applicant.

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