CA near hiring chief Search committee interviewing field of 7 for president

Mix of candidates

Membership head, Md. lottery director are among choices

May 22, 1998|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

The field of candidates to replace Padraic M. Kennedy as president of the Columbia Association has been narrowed to seven people who are being interviewed by a six-member search committee.

Though members of the committee refuse to identify the candidates, two are known to be Rob Goldman, head of membership services for the association, and Buddy W. Roogow, the state lottery director, who lives in Ellicott City.

Goldman said he was to be interviewed today by the search committee, which comprises three members of the Columbia Council and three other Columbia residents. Candidate interviews were conducted yesterday and continue today at the Columbia Inn.

David Berson of River Hill, who is a member of the search committee, described the seven finalists as a mix of "former county and city administrators, local [Howard County residents], state [residents], ex-county administrators and city leaders. 0` Some women and some minorities."

"There are seven outstanding people," Berson said. "This person has to possess tremendous management skills, leadership skills and the ability to work easily with diverse groups from council members, Columbia citizens and CA staff."

After these interviews, the search committee will narrow the field to three or four finalists. They will be interviewed by the 10-member Columbia Council by early next month. Norma Rose, the council member from Wilde Lake village who is vice chairwoman of the search committee, said she hopes to hire someone for the $120,000 position by the middle of next month.

Kennedy, who announced his retirement last summer after 26 years as head of the huge homeowner association, has said his (( last day is Aug. 15.

In February, the association paid $14,000 to the PAR Group, an Illinois-based recruiting firm, to conduct the search for a rTC president. Rose said the firm received 175 inquiries about the position in the past three months and narrowed the field to seven.

The Columbia Association president oversees the quasigovernment group's $44 million budget and 800 employees.

The council wants the new president to implement recommendations from three audits -- a $50,000 audit in response to an article in The Sun on questionable spending practices, an internal audit of the 10 village associations after allegations of embezzlement and an $86,000 agreement with KPMG Pete Marwick of Washington to review the association's $5.5 million annual overhead costs.

Pub Date: 5/22/98

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