Board defends not naming applicants

Friday, February 8, 2008

Members of the Joint Economic and Community Development Board's Executive Committee and one of their candidates this week gave reasons for not naming applicants for the job of executive director and holding private interviews.

The first of three applicants interviewed Tuesday, who requested not to be identified here, said they are an independent contractor who would not want their clients to know that the service might no longer be available if the applicant were successful. The concern was for losing business to competitors.

That applicant arrived at a second floor conference room in the Marshall County Courthouse Annex in time for the interview and gave a name and the nature of the business that might be left if they were hired. Shortly thereafter, it was clear that a consensus of the search committee members felt that the meeting should be closed to the public.

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