Seminole hires second presidents search company within a year to search for a new county director – Orlando Sentinel

It’s been nearly a year since Nicole Gillett announced at a Seminole Committee meeting in September 2021 that she would resign as county manager to take up a leadership position at Orlando Sanford International Airport.

With Seminole still without a permanent county director, commissioners on Tuesday approved without comment the hiring of S.

It’s the second chiefs search company Seminole has hired this year, after agreeing to begin a new search for a county director last June.

The county contracted with Slavin Management Consultants, in Norcross, Georgia, last January at a cost of $21,129 to collect resumes, perform background checks and submit a short list of candidates to commissioners.

The Seminole commissioners then interviewed three of the finalists independently and at a public meeting, but they chose not to pick any of them and go with another company.

This week, Seminole officials defended hiring a new company at more than double the cost.

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“Narloch’s services are more inclusive and more involved,” said Deputy District Administrator Tricia Johnson. “They have a broader database of candidates.”

Johnson and Commissioner Jay Zimbauer noted that Slavin is a respected company, but has mostly been tasked with looking for qualified candidates only.

“I want a recruiter who can go out and put together a list of candidates who are going to be high performers,” Zimbauer said. “I want a candidate who takes us to the next level.”

Gillette left the county on December 3, 2021 to become executive vice president of commercial development, real estate and legal affairs at the airport. She has since been promoted as president of the airport and CEO.

Deputy District Administrator Joe Appel assumed the role of interim District Administrator after Guillet’s departure. But after four months he tendered his resignation. The commissioners then hired District Attorney Bryant Applegate to fill the role of interim district administrator.

As a county manager for more than seven years, Guillet oversaw an annual budget of approximately $875 million and more than 1,300 employees. She earned $221,372 a year, and county leaders said the new county manager would have a similar salary.

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