After a regional search for a new finance director yielded no prospects, Hermiston will likely not have someone in place until December, according to City Manager Ed Brookshier.

A national search is now planned to fill the position, which will be moved from part-time to full-time status.

Brookshier said the city will not hire the sole candidate interviewed for the position Thursday. A second candidate slated for interviews dropped out of the search.

Brookshier was unsure of the number of initial applicants who applied for the position with an advertised salary between $85,000 and $98,000. The search has been conducted by the Local Government Personnel Institute, a Salem-based company that sought applicants from Oregon, Idaho and Washington.

The same company will focus a search on a national level beginning July 6.

Brookshier said he is confident the city's finance staff will carry out the duties of the position when current director Bob Irby leaves in August.

In March, Brookshier had said he hoped to fill the position by July 1, the start of the fiscal year.

Minimum qualifications for the position include bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, public administration or business administration, as well as four years of "progressively responsible" experience in municipal finance.

The qualified candidate will manage day-to-day financial operations as well as compile a city budget, perform elections officer duties and coordinate the investment of city funds. The position also serves as human resources for the city.

Those wishing to apply for the position can mail application materials to LGPI at P.O. Box 908, Salem, OR 97309 or by email to asklgpi@lgpi.org.

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