EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Board of Commissioners is pumping the brakes a bit in its search for a new administrator. Last week, the board said it was fairly confident it would be able to offer the position to an applicant by now, but so far this is no deal.
Commissioners say the decision is not one they take lightly. They say they want to make sure whomever they choose is the right fit.
The search for a permanent county administrator began not too long after former administrator Liane Richardson was fired. Alicia Hays was eventually appointed to fill the position in the interim.
Last week, the search came to a head with the final five coming to Eugene for face-to-face interviews. With no word yet on who is at the forefront, some wondered if they were considering opening up a brand new search.
“Always when you go out for a search, whether it’s going to be someone doing leaf cleanup for you or whether you’re looking for someone who is going to be running a large organization, like the county, the option always has to be there to go on a search again,” said Lane County Board Chair Pat Farr.
The board will continue its discussion Wednesday in another executive session. Commissioners say it’s not out of the question that the matter could conclude, but it’s also not out of the question that they’ll just have more questions at the end of the day.