County Council job draws 157 applicants Backgrounds vary among hopefuls

January 14, 1993|By James M. Coram | James M. Coram,Staff Writer

A former state senator and a Supreme Court employee are among the 157 people who have applied to become the next executive secretary of the County Council.

The names and resumes of all 157 will be presented to the council Tuesday.

"A number of military people about the rank of captain applied along with several people from the federal sector and some people who worked for senators in Annapolis," said P. William Herndon, county assistant personnel director.

Mr. Herndon did not disclose the names of the applicants.

He said two people currently employed by the county have applied, along with a former senator from another state and an employee of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Although applications came from as far away as New York, many were from northern Virginia -- a fact Mr. Herndon attributes to the change at the White House.

About 3,000 employees of the Bush administration are looking for new jobs, he said.

The job has a salary ranging from $52,964 to $76,684, depending upon qualifications and years of experience.

Mr. Herndon plans to brief the council this morning on the applicants and set up a procedure for interviewing some of them.

Between now and Tuesday -- Monday is a county government holiday -- Mr. Herndon plans to sort the list of applicants according to the skills he believes council members will be looking for.

"We have a good sprinkling of backgrounds," he said. "I'll be putting together a list of [about 15] people with administrative skills who have some association with the legislative process at the state, federal or county level."

Finalists should "have some political awareness," he said, and have a background that demonstrates supervisory, budgetary and writing skills.

Mr. Herndon believes some members of the council will peruse all 157 applications. His top 15 list may or may not be the same as the council's interview list.

Once the council decides on finalists, the personnel department could set up as many as 10 interviews over a two- to three-day period, Mr. Herndon said.

Hugh James Forton, council executive secretary for the past 3 1/2 years, was paid $57,013. Mr. Forton resigned in December to become an advocate for children whose parents are divorcing.

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