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Port: The hiring process for Mark Kennedy cost North Dakotans nearly $50,000 for each year he actually worked

File photo of UND president Mark Kennedy. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

In recent years, when it’s come time to hire for a high-profile position in North Dakota’s state government, our public servants have increasingly turned to expensive private consultants.

These firms conduct national searches and return to the decision makers a list of candidates.

This is an expensive process, and it’s success are inconsistent at best.

The search which resulted in the hire of outgoing University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy cost taxpayers nearly $140,000, or more than $46,000 for each year he actually held that position (years, in retrospect, he seems to have mostly spent looking for jobs elsewhere).

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