Wednesday, May 09, 2001

Clermont narrows candidates to six

Administrator sought

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BATAVIA — The next Clermont County administrator will be from Ohio, although there is no timetable for when the board of commissioners here will decide which of six candidates they will hire.

        Kathy Lehr, director of communications for the county, said the commissioners had reached a consensus on the six candidates they want to interview. All are from Ohio.

        They are: David Spinney, the interim county administrator; Ken Geis, Union Township administrator; Jim West, executive director of Clermont County Community Services Inc., a social service agency; Barry Burton, deputy county administrator in Franklin County; Patrick Herron, administrator for Wayne County, south of Cleveland; and Fred Eldridge, administrator for Allen County, near the northeast part of the state.

        “We have six really good candidates,” said Commissioner Bob Proud.

        The commissioners have interviewed Mr. Eldridge, Mr. West and Mr. Burton. The other three will be interviewed within a week.

        An ad hoc committee has also been selected to assist in the selection process. The committee will not be conducting any interviews of the candidates, but have offered questions that the commissioners can ask of the candidates, and will comment on the candidates' resumes.

        “We're looking at maybe narrowing the field down to the top two and then seeing if we deem it necessary to have them come back for a second interview,” said Mr. Proud. “That's something we have not decided yet, so we want to leave that option open.”

        A. Steven Wharton had been county administrator since 1991, but resigned last December, effective in March.


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