How long would it take to post the position, vet and interview candidates and then offer the post to a potential appointee? I'm guessing that the process would take several months, and probably not be completed before the new board takes office. My suggestion for this is to post the position now, with a closing date some time at the end of September or middle of October, and begin accepting applications and resumes. Once the closing date has passed the personnel department could begin the vetting process and rating the applicants' qualifications. That should take until the election, and then the best candidates' resumes could be reviewed and the finalists called in for interviews by the new board with an appointment to the post shortly after their swearing in.