May 26, 2016

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Lorain County Children Services board OKs search firm

ELYRIA — The Lorain County Children Services board approved a firm that will search for the agency’s new executive director.

Bill Harper, vice president, recommended the proposal that the board hire Waverly Partners LCC at a flat fee of $30,000 at the Children Services board meeting Wednesday. Board members approved the hiring as well as allocating an additional $5,000 for potential travel costs of a candidate.

Three search firms were interviewed by board members Harper, Linda Webber and Marcia Ballinger. The three decided to hire Waverly Partners after the company accepted a rate reduction that would save the board $5,000.

Because search firms base their fees on the expected compensation of the position, board members also reviewed compensation comparisons with other county Children Services agencies and organizations and decided to recommend a salary range of $95,000 to $128,250 for the executive director position.

The search firm would be responsible for developing a position profile, interviewing candidates, reporting candidate assessments, coordinating finalist interviews with board and selected constituents, verifying credentials and auditing references and continuing support during the transition.

Harper told board members that the search firm guaranteed 12 months with the agency. If the executive director who is hired does not work out within 12 months, the search firm will assist in hiring a new candidate.

Jane Robertson, the agency’s former deputy director, became interim director after director Gary Crow’s retirement June 30.

Board members also were responsible for hiring a new ombudsman to replace Steve Chozinski, who retired after 19 years with the agency. A former Children Services employee, Katie MacKeigan-King was contracted to perform the ombudsman duties on a part-time basis, as needed.

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