Islas said applicants must have a bachelor's degree in business or public administration, or related fields, and five years of increasingly responsible experience in grant writing.
In the year since Verdugo resigned, Ralph Morales has served as interim director of the department.
Councilman David Ouzan thinks the search for a permanent director has taken far too long.
Ouzan said during Tuesday's council meeting: "The director must bring businesses to Calexico and get involved in this growth. I don't think that we can just wait. The time is overdue! I believe the City Council, after one year and no one has been selected for that position, should take the burden and just like the Housing Authority, you guys (stood) up and took it to your hand; you got to take it to your hand! The growth of the future of Calexico is at risk if we don't do anything about it.,"
Councilman Alex Perrone said, "It's been a year and I think we're doing a disservice to the community and to the person in the interim position because there is not a solid job for him so the performance will not be the same. We need to decide, I think pretty fast, on who we are going to get in and make a decision."
Addressing his colleagues' comments, Mayor Pro Tem Frank Montoya said, "There is no question we need a director for the (department). However, I think this is a position that has had to be pretty well scrutinized and I think we have to get the right applicants to get the right job — again I'm not contradicting your thoughts or Mr. Ouzan's. Over a year's time is a long time and we should move forward and —"
"Time is of the essence!" Ouzan said, cutting off Montoya.
After a brief lull, Mayor John Renison asked, "Any other comments on this one? Is there a motion here?"
Ouzan said, "I'd like to make motion that the City Council would look into that more deeply and we'll make the decision on that position."
Perrone said there should be a time frame attached to the motion to make sure the position was filled promptly. A time frame of 30 days was agreed upon and the motion was approved.
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