CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Kanawha Valley Senior Services has identified a top candidate in its search for a new executive director, and that person will likely begin their new job next month.
Board President Clifford Kees said that the name of the candidate is not being released because of obligations that person has with their current employer.
"We expect and we hope that by mid-August, we'll be able to make an announcement," he said.
Kees said that Kanawha Valley Senior Services received 80 applications for the position. A three-member search committee comprised of members of the board of directors narrowed the number of candidates down to 35, which were then further filtered to about 12 prospective applicants. In case the deal with the top candidate suddenly falls through, the board will contact other top applicants.
"We were very pleased," Kees said. "We had some real good candidates from all around the state."
The new Kanawha Valley Senior Services executive director will fill the position last held by Janie Hamilton, who was fired on March 14. A specific reason for her firing was never publicly provided, and Kees said at the time that the board would keep its rationale confidential. Hamilton's annual salary was $56,000.
Hamilton was hired in 2011 to replace Scott McClanahan, who was fired earlier that year. Like in the situation with Hamilton, a reason for McClanahan's firing was never publicly given.
The director will oversee about 150 employees and numerous volunteers. Kanawha Valley Senior Services is a nonprofit organization that administers geriatric services to thousands of seniors across Kanawha County. It is funded by a combination of state and local government money and private donations.
During the time Kanawha Valley Senior Services has been without a director, Kees and other staff have been sharing the duties usually performed by the director. In a previous interview, Kees, who is a volunteer, said that he wasn't aware of any problems in service delivery caused by the absence of a director.
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