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Olson: Interviews set for development director

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By Paul Nielsen
Staff Writer

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Elizabeth City officials plan to soon interview two candidates for the city’s vacant community development director position but finding a new fire chief may take a little bit longer.

City Manager Rich Olson said Wednesday he plans to bring two candidates for the director’s position to the city in the coming weeks. He plans to use an assessment center interviewing process to evaluate the candidates, he said. That process involves assessing candidates for the job at the same time and place using different selection exercises.

Former Community Development Director Matthew Schelly resigned in August after being hired in early 2017.

“We have identified two excellent candidates,” Olson said, referring to the community development director position. “We will use the assessment center process as I have done with all the department director positions.”

Olson said he plans to start searching for a new fire chief early next year.

Former Elizabeth City Fire Chief Corey Mercer resigned in July after being on the job for just over a year. Mercer left to become the fire chief of the Rocky Mount Fire Department, where he served for 24 years before coming to Elizabeth City. Elizabeth City Deputy Fire Chief Chris Carver is serving as the interim fire chief.

“The holidays are coming up and it is just not a good time to do an assessment center,” Olson said.

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