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Smith Says Commissioners Are Divided On Hiring A New County Administrator

Mar 17, 2016

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Hiring a new county administrator could take significantly longer than expected.


Washtenaw County 's Board of Commissioners delayed hiring a new administrator Wednesday night.

Commissioner Conan Smith said the Board reviewed career assessments for the two remaining candidates, but ended the meeting before a vote was made. 

Smith says prolonging the hire of a new administrator is not good for Washtenaw County. “We need strong, clear leadership," he says. "There are giant issues facing the county and I think the Board is doing the community and the institution a disservice by not settling down and making a decision.” 

A decision could be three weeks or even six months from now, Smith says.

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— Amanda LeClaire is a reporter and producer for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact her at 734.487.3363 or email her aleclair@emich.edu