Documents pertaining to

March 10, 2002

intergovernmental job

are released by county


Staff Writer

Imperial County officials turned over two documents to the Imperial Valley Press on Friday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request for records on the recruitment and selection process for the county's intergovernmental relations director position.

Questions have been raised about whether the recruitment process for the soon-to-be-filled position has been fair.

County officials were open about the selection process until asked for a copy of the eight questions used for each candidate during interviews.


Dan DeVoy, county assistant director of human resources, said he would not release the questions until the process is finished in case references don't check out or if the job offer is not accepted and the position needs to be opened again.

The Press made the request Tuesday for all records related to the recruitment and selection process for the position.

On Friday, County Counsel Ralph Cordova Jr. gave the Press the county's guidelines for standard interviews and a list with six of the eight interview questions. A letter by Cordova stated his office was in the process of determining whether to comply with the remainder of the request.

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

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

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

County officials have declined to name the three finalists for the position.

The individual selected for the position will earn $78,000 to $99,548 a year.

The intergovernmental affairs director will analyze legislation's impact on county government and supervise assigned staff. The director will work under Capela and coordinate communications between the executive officer, county staff and governmental agencies.

Capela said she is checking references and hopes to make an announcement Tuesday.

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