Commission President John Rufli said that Simpson’s retirement date came in the end of June, and did not know if a replacement could be in position at that time.
Commissioner Karla White said, “We need to open wide in the search and go way beyond the surrounding counties. This is a chance to get someone with the knowledge and experience to do what Trigg County needs to have done. I don’t think we toot our own horn nearly enough.” She suggested looking at Murray State and Western Kentucky Universities for applicants.
Rufli sad that looking for students could be a time-consuming process and added that the commission pays $32,000 to Simpson currently, with no additional benefits. “The question is what we should offer. Should we go with offering $32,000 or less if someone is inexperienced, and move them up as time goes by?”
Commissioner John Bryant said, “If we take someone from another county, it would be kind of like stealing a preacher from another church. If we get someone from another county that is doing well, we should pay him or her more than that. There are a lot of outstanding people that with ideas to generate tourism, and I would hate to see us lose one of the for $10,000 or $20,000.”
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