The James City County Board of Supervisors is taking the next steps in the search for a county administrator.
The supervisors chose a firm to screen applicants and discussed qualities they’re looking for in a potential county administrator during a work session on Tuesday afternoon.
Springsted Waters is performing the consulting work for $26,150. The firm will help the supervisors review applications, coordinate interviews and place online ads, according to Assistant County Administrator Jason Purse.
Bryan Hill stepped down as county administrator on Jan. 1 and was replaced in the interim by Bill Porter.
Hill, who held the position since 2014, now serves as the county executive in Fairfax County.
Porter previously served for 12 years as assistant county administrator before retiring in 2008. He also served as the interim county administrator for King William County in 2010-11 and interim executive director for Williamsburg Area Transport Authority in 2015 and in 2017.
“When I work with a locality, I’m an extension of you,” Ann Lewis, a representative of Springsted Waters said during the supervisors’ work session on Feb. 27. “There’s not going to be any surprises.”
Over the next three months, Springsted Waters will post ads to job boards and post a survey to residents.
The survey would allow locals to rank priorities and qualifications that they would look for in a county administrator. Some of the sites on which the job will be posted include the Virginia Association of Counties and the International City Council Management Association
Lewis said the survey would be comprised of a “short series of questions” to ensure it doesn’t take a long time to complete.
Supervisor Michael Hipple said he also wants other county staff to get involved and take the survey.
Lewis said the next step is to send the supervisors a draft of the survey.
Lewis said she hopes to have whittled down candidates for the board’s approval over the next 90-120 days. After finalizing candidates, the supervisors will have a chance to interview applicants, tentatively in May.