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County to hire consultant to fill post

Kitsap County has hired a recruitment firm to collect applications for the job of administrative services director.

Ben Holland, who has served in the position since 2004, is due to retire at the end of May.

The county last hired an employment consultant to fill vacancies at the departments of Community Development and Parks and Recreation.

Neither of the successful candidates lasted more than a few months after the appointment.

The county then turned to its own personnel department to select candidates to fill those positions. Both of those selected, DCD Director Larry Keeton and Parks Director Chip Faver, have been in place for more than a year.

Personnel Director Bert Furuta said the decision to go to an external firm was made necessary by the budget-mandated cut in recruitment staff.

He said an external firm would be selected to replace CenCom Director Ron McAffee, who is also retiring this year.

Waldron and Co., a Seattle recruitment firm, is charged with finding Holland’s replacement. The county previously hired out-of-state recruitment firms.

The cost is not exceed $30,000, according to the contract.

The job will pay in the “low $100,000s” and contains an excellent benefit package.

According to Waldron’s brochure, “the director of Administrative Services will have important budget and fund-management responsibilities and will prepare, justify, monitor and approve the departmental budget based on staffing and resource requirements, cost estimates, and objectives and goals. The director will guide the preparation and control of the county budget documents, monitor other departments’ compliance to approved budgets, assist the county administrator in presenting and defending the budget, and assure adherence and recommend any budget adjustments necessary throughout the year.”

Under the Candidate Profile, the brochure states “the preferred candidate will demonstrate knowledge of the unique dynamics involved in the operations of county government and be familiar with the state legislative process and its impact on county government. Significant budget experience is highly important to this role as the director will not only oversee the Administrative Services’ Department budget, but also guide the development of budgets in other county departments.”

Holland was credited with coordinating the county’s first balanced budget in more than a decade.

Waldron’s Executive Search Practice Leader Ed Rogan has already met with all three county commissioners and several staff members in order to define the job’s parameters.

He called the position “a very attractive job” and expects a large number of applicants, but added his estimations of interest in certain positions is often incorrect.

Both the DCD and parks positions drew about 50 applications and the fields were narrowed into semifinalist (around 10) and finalist (four) groups. Rogan said he expected similar numbers, and the county would have access to the gathered information at any point during the process.

The press and the public, however, will be a different matter.

“It is undetermined when we will make this information available to the public,” he said. “We want to give applicants an opportunity to let their current employers know they are looking.”

Rogan said there is no firm deadline, but he is trying to move the process on as quickly as possible.

The job will be advertised nationally, but with a preference for candidates in the Northwest.

“We would like to have someone in place by the time Ben retires,” he said.

Any applications for the job should be directed to Waldron, 1100 Olive Way, Suite 1800 Seattle, WA 98101.

Candidates seeking more information can call (206) 441-4144, fax (206) 441-5213 or e-mail info@waldronhr.com.

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