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Candidate turns down offer to be new director

By Staff | Jan 10, 2011

Despite successfully securing $100,000 in public funding the past two months, finding a new executive director for Faribault County Development Corporation may take longer than anticipated.

Travis Keister, chairman of the group’s hiring committee, says their top choice has turned down an offer.

The Register has learned that Erin Reinders of Franklin, Tenn., contacted Keister in late December to say she wasn’t interested in the position.

Currently, Reinders is supervisor of the city’s Long Range Planning Division.

Franklin is located 20 miles south of Nashville and has a population of nearly 60,000.

On Thursday, FCDC’s board of directors discussed at their regular meeting what their next move will be.

“The seven board members will have to decide what direction we’ll go,” says Jeff Lang.

Board members could opt to offer the position to the second finalist interviewed.

The development group’s four-member hiring committee had a large number of candidates to choose from. Some 16 people applied for the position, which has been vacant since the end of August.

Linsey Warmka, who was hired two years ago as a research intern and now is economic development coordinator, is serving as the interim director.

While FCDC?officials will not say how much the new director will earn, past ads to fill a vacancy listed the starting salary from $70,000 to $90,000 depending on experience and qualifications.