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Coleman said a good number of the applicants had been city and town managers.
"I think it's a pretty good pool," Coleman said.
She added, however, that she would like to see more applicants.
"They are still going to leave it open," she said.
Coleman said some of the 13 applicants had too little experience for the job while other applicants had experience but might not have many years left in their careers.
"I'd like to see more who are not 30, but also not ready to retire," Coleman said.
Trapp said he was disappointed with the low number of applicants.
"With the size of the county, and with the pay," Trapp said, "I would have expected it to be 100 or 150 applicants, especially in these economic times."
Given how these types of searches go, such high numbers of applicants would be highly unusual.
Trapp also said he'd like to see more minority and female applicants.
John Anzivino, a senior vice president of Springsted, told the commissioners that notification of the job opening had been posted nationally and, in addition, his company had sent invitations to apply to 143 potential candidates. He said his firm had also contacted state and national associations as well as the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
He said that so far there had been 47 applications – 20 from North Carolina residents and 27 from other states.
He said many of the applicants have master's degrees in either public administration or business administration.
According to Anzivino, the firm cut that number down based on minimum qualifications and other criteria.
"We've also done an initial background investigation," he said.
Anzivino said he'd spoken directly with 17 of the applicants.
He said that one applicant from a "western county" had been taken out of the running because of ethics violations. Apparently Anzivino doesn't realize that a manager with a history of ethics violations would fit in quite well in Guilford County
Although Anzivino said in his comments, "We've had a good response," the commissioners didn't seem very convinced of that based on comments they made during and after the meeting.
The advertisement for the position stated that the preference was for applicants who submitted resumes before Monday, Jan. 7. Anzivino said interested applicants usually submit their names before such a deadline, but he added that new resumes from applicants would likely continue to "trickle in."
Of course, if the commissioners aren't impressed with any of the applicants, they can always try to convince Fuller to stay. For those concerned about diversity in Guilford County
government, Fuller would give the county a manager who was both a minority and woman – a first in county history.
There are some eerie parallels between now and four years ago.
In mid-December 2008, the county began running a want ad for a new manager.
In mid-December 2012, Guilford County
began running a want ad for a new manager.
Four years ago, the board made Fox interim manager while it conducted a search. At that time Fox said she had no interest in being manager.
The board is now making Fuller interim manager during a search and Fuller announced last month that she hadn't applied for the manager's job.
In early 2009, the board got together and was unimpressed with the pool of applicants.
In early 2013, the board looked at the small pool of applicants and also seemed unenthusiastic.
In 2009, citing Fox's longtime county experience and a dearth of good applicants, the commissioners halted the search and made Fox manager in April.
In 2013, several commissioners say they're hoping to hire a new manager by April.
Also, Fox and Fuller both have "F" as the initial for their last names, and both names, "Brenda Jones Fox" and "Sharisse Fuller," contain 14 letters.
When Fuller was asked two questions in an email – a question about the amount of her vacation hours as well as whether she had interest in being the next county manager – Fuller answered the first question but did not respond to the second.