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Camden Development Authority hiring recruiter
KINGSLAND -- The Camden County Joint Development Authority has selected a different way to choose its next executive director.

In a unanimous vote at a special called meeting Monday, the authority chose to hire a consultant to select candidates for the director's position left vacant by the unexpected resignation of David Keating earlier this month.

Camden County Administrator Steve Howard suggested hiring a recruiter to ensure the authority has a pool of candidates with the skills necessary to help market Camden County to potential employers.

"It's about working as a team," Howard said. "It's an opportunity for the future of Camden County."

The consultant Howard recommended, Colin Baenziger & Associates, will recruit qualified candidates after the company identifies the authority's goals and objectives.

"Getting a consensus of the candidates can be challenging," Howard said.

Howard said a recruiter can conduct the exhaustive background research to ensure the best pool of candidates.

The consultant will cost $19,000, he said.

The consultant will represent the county in its search for a new director until one is hired. If that new director quits for any reason within two years, the consultant will conduct another search at no additional cost to the county, Howard said.

"Camden County will be marketed very professionally," Howard said. "I think you have a lot of attributes to be very attractive."

A consultant also sends a message to the professionals being recruited for the position.

"It lets candidates know you are serious and want to raise the bar," Howard said. "I see it as an investment."

Before the vote, Gary Willis, interim chairman of the JDA, said he appreciated the support of the county commission.

"The commission understands a very qualified individual will command higher pay and we have to understand this," Willis said. "We have to do this right."

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about Camden County and other local topics. Contact him at, on Facebook or at 464-7655.

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