A list of 55 individuals who would like to be the next Davidson County elections administrator should be whittled down to a group of final candidates by Friday, Oct 1.
The Davidson County Election Commission on Thursday established a timeline of sorts for hiring someone to replace outgoing administrator Ray Barrett, who is set to retire by the end of the year.
Election commission chair Lynn Greer said he has asked each commissioner to hand him a list of three recommendations for the job by next Friday. With five members serving on the commission, up to 15 candidates could be recommended for the position.
“I think if you asked five people you would get five different answers,” Greer said when asked what qualities the next administrator should possess.
Metro Councilman Eric Crafton and Tennessee State Fair Executive Director Buck Dozier, also a former at-large councilman and mayoral candidate, headline the list of applicants. The job’s salary, which starts at $65,000 to $85,000 annually, would be bumped up to approximately $100,000 if the new administrator passes a certification test.
The commission has also scheduled a meeting on Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. to review the candidates and set up an interview schedule. The date is tentative and subject to change.
Greer indicated it would be unlikely to hire a new administrator before the Nov. 2 election.