A fraudulent Internet job posting that listed the annual pay for the next executive director of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority at $160,000 may have confused the final two candidates but won’t force a restart of the effort to fill the job.
That’s the assessment the chairwoman of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority and the head of a search firm hired to help find suitable candidates gave after a pessimistic report on the search from the chair of the JRA’s personnel committee, Langford Porter.
Porter said the finalists –reported to be Gary Williams, head of economic development for Carbondale, Ill.; and Howard Ways, head of the Prince George County (Md.) Redevelopment Authority – left Jackson disappointed after a full day of interviews with the personnel committee July 21.
The reason: A mysterious ad on the Web that specified a yearly salary of $160,000 to head the Jackson Redevelopment Authority.
The job will pay the right candidate six figures but won’t come close to $160,000, Jennifer Johnson, JRA chairwoman, said.
The JRA paid previous executive directors in the $55,000 to $65,000 range. The new and expanded responsibilities of the post merit higher pay for the next Authority head, Johnson said.
The last executive director, Willie Mott, received $65,000 a year but no employment benefits. The JRA fired Mott in the spring after hiring him as permanent director in July 2014. He had been serving as interim chief.
In a report to JRA board members the day after the interviews, Porter said he thinks the job search may have to start again from “scratch” after having narrowed a list of 16 applicants to two..... Rest of the article.
No serious candidate is going to look twice at JRA when it pulls crap such as posting this bogus ad. Then there is the matter of the salary. Pay junk and one gets junk. $65,000 a year for that type of job is junk and look what they got- junk they fired. Pitiful.