County Council to interview administrator candidate, Friday, on Orcas

The most urgent task for the San Juan County Council appears to be finding a replacement for administrator Pete Rose.

The County Council will gather Friday afternoon in a special meeting on Orcas Island to interview a candidate for  the position of interim administrator to take over for Pete Rose, who has resigned and will be leaving his job June 8.

The special meeting begins at 3 p.m., at the Public Works building at Orcas Landing, with the council meeting in executive session (behind closed doors). The council is scheduled to reconvene in open session at 3:45 p.m.

The candidate to be interviewed Friday, beginning at 3 p.m., is a resident of Idaho, according to Councilman Howie Rosenfeld, Friday Harbor.

Rosenfeld decline to say whether the candidate is a woman or a man, but noted that one question that must be answered is whether the interim administrator will be able to stay in the position until after the November election.

Rosenfeld added that hiring an interim admnistrator "will be expensive" and may be asked to continue on the job until the amendments proposed by the Charter Review Commission are voted on in November.

"I don't think the council can even prepare a job description for Pete's replacement until we know whether the administrator will be replaced by a manager," he said.

Rosenfeld said the speed with which the council is acting in finding a replacement for Rose reflects a desire on the part of the council to hire the interim person as soon as possible — as soon as the right person is identified.  That could be as soon as tomorrow, he said, though he doesn't that to be the case.

— Steve Wehrly


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