The Deschutes County Board of Commissioners has completed its most recent recruitment process for the County Administrator -- without success in hiring one.

A public reception was held for the candidates on September 16, followed the next day by a series of panel interviews on September 17. At the conclusion of the process the Board identified their two top candidates.

The Board extended a job offer to each of the top candidates, but in each case the candidate withdrew.  In one case the finalist withdrew due to unanticipated family reasons.  In the other the County and the candidate were unable to reach agreement on employment terms.

The Board decided not to pursue the remaining three candidates who interviewed for the position. 

Working with the Prothman Company of Bellevue, Washington, the recruitment firm hired for this process, the Board will continue discussion about next steps to fill the position. The Board has confidence in the leadership of County departments and the interim county administrator. The County is well positioned to take the time necessary to hire the right person for administrator. 

The Commissioners would like to thank the public and Deschutes County employees for their input and involvement in the process.

The County Administrator is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the Board of County Commissioners.