FROM STAFF REPORTS
TRAVERSE CITY — A scheduling conflict with a popular service club's minstrel show may leave Grand Traverse County commissioners without time to discuss who they will hire as their next administrator.
The board is expected to conclude its final interview today around noon. Commissioners had planned to discuss the finalists and determine if they can reach a consensus on one, but the interviews are taking much longer than anticipated, said Chairman Larry Inman. Two commissioners have to leave around noon due to commitments to the annual Rotary Club show, which will also impact attendance at their April 25 county board meeting.
"We may have to wait until our first meeting in May to discuss it," Inman said. "I just don't know."
The county administrator is responsible for more than 500 employees and an annual operating budget of $138 million. Former 10-year county administrator Dennis Aloia left the job in February.
The board selected seven candidates for in-person interviews but one withdrew. It put four candidates through 30 prepared questions about budgeting, leadership, experience and communications on Monday. It will conduct its two remaining interviews today at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The interviews at the Governmental Center are open to the public but not televised.