Finalists for CA presidency to be interviewed tonight Columbia panel expected to make choice this month

June 04, 1998|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

The Columbia Council is close to selecting a new president for the Columbia Association to replace Padraic M. Kennedy, who will retire in August after 26 years in the post.

After a nationwide search of four months, the 10-member council tonight will interview the finalists -- at least three candidates -- for the $120,000-a-year position. The selection is expected to be made by the middle of this month.

Joe Merke, chairman of the six-member search committee, and vice chairwoman Norma Rose refused to release the names of the candidates. "The process is going well," said Maurice Simpkins, a member of the search committee. "We've narrowed it down, and the council will have to make a selection. We need a person who understands the Columbia concept. The person needs to be fiscally responsible, but not so rigid."

Council members who asked not to be identified said none of the finalists is from Columbia.

Rob Goldman, a CA vice president who runs membership services and was one of a half-dozen candidates interviewed, said he found out last week that he is not one of the finalists.

"I'm disappointed that I'm not going to have the opportunity," Goldman said.

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

Pub Date: 6/04/98

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