Affairs director recruitment process kept under wraps

March 05, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL

Staff Writer

The county government has turned down multiple requests by the Imperial Valley Press for a list of questions used to interview candidates for an intergovernmental agency director position that has come under scrutiny recently.

The recently created and soon-to-be-filled position has raised questions about whether the recruitment process has been fair, and, in a time of state budget cuts, if the position is necessary.

"We will not release the questions until the process is finished," Dan DeVoy, county assistant director of human resources, said Monday.


Supervisor Wally Leimgruber opposed creating the position, saying it would add another level of bureaucracy and is not needed for a county this size.

According to the job description, the intergovernmental affairs director will analyze legislation to determine its impact on county government and supervise assigned staff.

The director will work under the county executive officer and coordinate communications between the executive officer, governmental agencies and county staff.

Leimgruber said the county has lobbyists and organizations that provide information on legislation. Meanwhile, state officials have already said county budgets will be cut next year.

The position's salary range is $78,000 to $99,548 a year, plus expenses, which would include travel and staff support.

El Centro Mayor Larry Grogan has said he hopes the process is fair to non-local applicants. Grogan said he was concerned because he heard there were questions about the position when it was announced last September.

County officials had been open about the selection process until asked for the list of questions

The county did a nationwide search and received more than 100 applications for the position, DeVoy said. DeVoy thinned the field to eight candidates, based on the job description.

The list of questions was used for each of the eight candidates during the first round of interviews in early February. The group was narrowed to three finalists, who were interviewed a second time, he said.

All interviews for the position are finished, County Executive Officer Ann Capela has said.

Capela said she is checking references and hopes to make an announcement March 12 or the following week.

The Press will file a freedom of information request with the county today to get all information related to the position's recruitment process and the names of the three finalists.

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