VALDOSTA — The search for a new executive director continues at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center.

Members of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Conference Center and Tourism Authority Board voted Tuesday to use the services of a private human resource consultant to assist with recruitment.

Dr. Steve Condrey, a senior associate and program director at the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, will assist a five-member, Board-appointed committee in looking for potential candidates.

Condrey will help committee members advertise, recruit, collect and review resumes of qualified candidates.

He will also assist in the interview process.

Charlie Felts, Board member, said Condrey’s involvement will lend objectivity and professionalism to the recruitment. The Board has used Condrey’s services in the past.

Chairman Michael Jetter stepped down from the selection committee Tuesday to give Board members J. Edgar Roberts and Dana Gavin slots on the committee. Rick Williams is the third Board member on the committee. The ex officio members are City Manager Larry Hanson and County Manager Joe Pritchard.

Candidate requirements include an educational level of a bachelor’s degree and three to five years in a comparable management position.

In 2003, Board members considered upping the educational requirement to a master’s degree, but made no formal decision on the matter.

Felts said Condrey recommended using the same job requirements for this selection round as the one used to recruit former Executive Director Martin Brown.

Brown resigned from the position in early December for personal reasons.

Felts said experience will be weighed equally with education.

The final pool will be comprised of around 10 candidates. Condrey will be paid $7,500 for his service.

Mary Culbreth, Board member, was appointed to serve as interim director.

During the meeting, Board members discussed the Center’s financial standings.

Year-to-date financial records show a negative net income of $64,020. Although revenues are up, the center operated at a deficit of $20,985 for the month of December.

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