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SCDRC Executive Board to arrange interviews for executive director

The South Central Dakota Regional Council Executive Board will arrange interviews with one and possibly two candidates for the executive director position in May. The executive board, acting as the Regional Council's executive director recruitmen...

   

The South Central Dakota Regional Council Executive Board will arrange interviews with one and possibly two candidates for the executive director position in May.

The executive board, acting as the Regional Council’s executive director recruitment/search committee, approved 3-0 Wednesday having interim Executive Director Brenda Moritz get more background information on Robert Stacy Bowerman, who was employed as the economic development director for the city of Louisiana, Mo., from 2015-2016. According to information provided by Moritz, Bowerman had also been a real estate developer.

Executive Board President Joe Neis said he wanted to get more information on Bowerman before offering him an interview

Regional Council Board of Directors members Connie Ova, Paul Painter and Tena Lawrence also served on the executive director recruitment/ search committee. Ova and Painter attended the executive board’s meeting on Wednesday to discuss applicants for the position.

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Jennifer Schultes, the Regional Council’s grant coordinator since August 2015, is the other candidate the executive board decided to interview for the executive director position.

Mortiz said depending on how checking on Schultes’ references goes and getting more background information on Bowerman, the board may interview both candidates at its May 17 meeting.

There were eight applicants for the executive director position. The search committee reviewed each application or resume and dismissed six of the eight due to not having experience in economic development.

After reviewing all applicants, the board discussed throwing out all of the applications and advertising the position again. The board didn’t take that action on that idea after more discussion about the resumes of Schultes and Bowerman.

The deadline for applications was April 5. Ova said it was too bad the deadline wasn’t extended until April 7 or this week as 3,600 state employees were offered early buyout options from the state as a way to reduce the workforce. She said maybe there would have been some qualified applicants from the state workforce who would’ve applied for the position.

Neis asked Moritz if she would have a problem working under Schultes if the executive board decided to interview and hire Schultes as the executive director. Moritz said it wouldn’t be a problem and she and Schultes have a good working relationship.

In other business, the executive board tabled the election of officers until its next meeting as members Mary Hager and Perry Turner were absent and member Kim Lees was attending by phone.

colson@jamestownsun.com

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