“We narrowed that list down last month to 15 individuals,” Murray said, adding that another candidate dropped out, leaving 14 remaining.
Yesterday, the committee was to meet to discuss what Murray called “house cleaning” issues about the interview process. They were to discuss what questions to ask and what questions they should not ask during the 30-minute interviews.
“We hope to have this position filled, hopefully somewhere between April 15 and May 1,” Murray said.
Candidates for the finance director position must have a four-year degree, five or more years of experience in government accounting and preferably a Certified Public Accounting license.
However, Murray said the Tennessee Code Annotated does allow for a candidate to not have the four-year degree as long as they have considerable years of experience in government accounting or a related field.
“We do have two candidates with that kind of experience. They have 15 and 30 years of experience,” Murray said.
Next week, beginning on Monday and continuing through Thursday, the committee will meet to interview 13 out of the 14 remaining candidates. Murray said one candidate, due to a scheduling conflict, is being interviewed at the beginning of April.
The 14 candidates remaining are Samuel Alsup, Diane Lockhart, Aaron Maynard, Lee Ann Poynter, Ricky Sanders, Mark Tucker, Michael Huddleston, John Rossmaier, interim-finance director Sharon Lackey, Patty Harrison, Wei Ralph, Wilson Wright, John Kenley VI and Joshua Miller.
Although the meetings are solely for interviews, Murray said they are still open to the public. However, during the interviews, they will probably ask the other candidates to remain outside to give the interviewee a “somewhat private environment.”
“They are open to the public, yes, we have to keep them open,” Murray said of the interview meetings.
After the 14 remaining candidates are interviewed, Murray said the committee will continue to look at the individuals and determine a smaller group to choose the director from by the end of April.
“We hope to narrow this search down to three-to-five individuals and go through a second interview process,” Murray said.
Whenever the committee chooses the most suitable candidate, the committee alone is responsible for hiring them. Murray said the hiring of a director does not require approval from the full county commission.
The finance panel meetings will take place on March 28, 29 and 31 at 5 p.m. inside the Wilson County Courthouse on East Main Street in Lebanon.
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