By Joseph Pratt
The Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities (SCBDD) met last Friday and Saturday, interviewing three individuals for the position of superintendent. The role of superintendent is currently in interim status, under the direction of SCBDD employee Julie Monroe.
The position was last held officially by Jim Krumer, who was terminated for having improper licensure.
Julie Monroe was then interviewed, along with Ben Hollinger. The board stated they felt very comfortable with either candidates, and then extended a job offer to Hollinger. Two weeks after the offer was extended, Hollinger officially withdrew his interest in the position.
The board then voted to extend Monroe’s interim status until an official superintendent could be hired.
The SCBDD met Thursday evening to discuss their findings on the three individuals they most recently interviewed, Lee Weidemeyer, Julie Monroe and Matt Purcel. Board President Rodney Barnett was sad to announce that Weidemeyer has since sent in a formal request to be removed as a possible candidate.
The Board spoke in executive session for two hours regarding Purcell and Monroe, who are both current SCBDD employees
“I make a motion that we enter into negotiations with one of our candidates for the position of superintendent,” Mike Thoroughman proposed after they left executive session at the Thursday board meeting. Rick Bolin seconded. All members voted yes, except for Claire Purtee, who abstained.
When asked which employee they would enter into negotiations with, the board would not release that name.
Barnett said he, Bolin and Thoroughman will be meeting with the two candidates this week and negotiate contracts.
When asked who the first choice for negotiations will be with, Barnett would not comment.
Joseph Pratt can be reached at 740-353-3101, EXT 1932, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.