BROOKSVILLE — With a midnight deadline looming today for anyone wanting to apply to be the next Hernando County administrator, 64 people from the surrounding area and across the country already have submitted their resumes.
Among the names is one internal candidate: Russell Wetherington, the county's chief procurement officer.
At least one applicant, Robert Michael Herr, has worked previously for Hernando County government. He served as deputy county administrator from 1987 until 1992 and currently is president of ECON South, an engineering and planning firm.
The list includes a variety of people, including former government administrators and managers; other public-sector directors with expertise in budgets, housing and redevelopment; consultants; executives from a variety of private corporations, and a smattering of job seekers with clerical and customer service backgrounds.
The recruiter the county hired to handle the search does not expect to release a final list of applicants before the weekend.
The County Commission approved the hiring of Colin Baenziger and Associates to advertise the position at a pay range of $120,000 to $150,000, with the hope of finding someone at the lower end of the scale. When the commission fired David Hamilton as administrator in November, he was earning $135,000 a year.
Several more applicants are expected. Baenziger said he often sees a flurry of activity at the end of a search. Officials had hoped for 80 or more applicants.
The next step in the process will be for Baenziger and his staff to review the qualifications of the applicants, check references, conduct background checks and create a list of finalists, which is expected to be ready by March 27.
On April 3, the finalists will have a meet-and-greet with members of the county's leadership team at 3:30 p.m., followed by a reception at 5 p.m. for elected officials, members of key county committees, community leaders and the public. Both of those events will be at the Hernando County Airport office.
On April 4, the finalists will meet with individual commissioners in the morning; public interviews will be conducted by commissioners in the afternoon in the commission chambers. The commission is expected to select an administrator on April 10.
Barbara Behrendt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 848-1434.