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Children Services seeking search firm


ELYRIA — The Lorain County Children Services Board approved a resolution to begin searching for an executive search committee, which would find candidates for the open executive director position.

Bill Harper, vice chair of the board, said the board will begin looking at executive search firms to assist with recruiting, selecting and employing the “best person” for the position. Harper said a firm hasn’t been chosen, but a proposal should be presented during the board’s next meeting Aug. 21.

The agency’s director, Gary Crow, retired June 30, and Jane Robertson, the agency’s deputy executive director, is serving as interim director.

Harper, who is a member of the board’s ad-hoc search committee, along with board members Marcia Ballinger and Linda Webber, said the cost for the search firm is unknown, but it likely will be presented to the board for approval in August.

Harper said the ad-hoc committee will work closely with the executive search firm chosen. The firm will be used to determine the agency’s needs and to advertise and recruit candidates.

Harper said the search for candidates will be national, but they will consider candidates who work for the agency as well.

“I think it goes without saying that the person that we want has to be qualified but also experienced in the field,” he said.

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