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More interviews for DJFS post

The last candidates for the two openings at the department of job and family services will be interviewed by the county commissioners today.

The decision for both jobs is expected to be made at Thursday’s commissioners meeting.

Originally, there were 11 seeking the job held by director Gene Myers, who retired last month. They were Ironton attorney Paul David Knipp, Ironton Mayor Rich Blankenship, Ironton finance director Kristen Martin, retired DJFS employee Kenneth Ater, current DJFS employees Brad Carpenter and Lisa Massie, Jackson attorney Christen Finley, Necco employee Donna Reynolds, Scioto County DJFS employee Sharon Brumfield and delivery industry operations manager Shane Meadows.

Carpenter, along with two new candidates, Ironton Detective Joe Ross and Christopher Collins, son of Ironton Municipal Court Judge O. Clark Collins Jr., are the three left to meet with the commissioners. According to commission president Les Boggs, however, these three will be interviewed for the job of assistant director, a post formerly held by Terry Porter.

Porter was recently named interim director until a permanent selection could be made.

Those who had been previously interviewed for the director’s job were asked if they were not selected would they be interested in the second job. There were approximately three who said they were only interested in the top post.

All three commissioners have said they want to name the director and the assistant on Thursday.

The director would make $85,000 a year with a 2 percent raise annually. The assistant’s salary would depend on that person’s years of service under PERS.

As assistant Porter was making $74,400 a year.