Carroll County officials' first choice for county economic development director has turned down the job, Commissioner Julia W. Gouge confirmed yesterday.
The man, whom Mrs. Gouge declined to identify, was offered the position about 10 days ago. Before making a decision, he requested interviews with Carroll County officials and members of the Economic Development Commission (EDC) and Industrial Development Authority (IDA).
Mrs. Gouge said that he left a message yesterday with Jimmie Saylor, county director of human resources, turning down the position.
"He said it would have to be a strong decision between he and his wife," she said. "Of course, we don't know what kind of counteroffer his current company might have made."
County officials began looking for a new head of economic development in May after William E. Jenne resigned as the office's administrator to take a job with Taneytown Bank and Trust Co.
When Mr. Jenne left, county commissioners decided to return the office to department status and hire a director, a position that had been dissolved when James Threatte left the post two years ago.
Economic Development employees have been reporting to Robert A. "Max" Bair, assistant to the county commissioners, since Mr. Threatte's resignation.
The selection committee, which includes EDC and IDA members, will now interview two top candidates again before offering the position, Mrs. Gouge said. She was unsure when a final decision would be made.
"It will be at least a good week before we can do anything," Mrs. Gouge said, noting that the commissioners will be attending the Maryland Association of Counties conference in Ocean City for the week.