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Search begins to replace Zanetti

| June 12, 2010 9:00 PM

Kootenai County is accepting resumes and letters of interest for a new hearing examiner as Rebecca Zanetti prepares to leave the contracted position.

The preferred candidate will have experience with interpreting state and local land use regulations, said Scott Clark, director of the Building and Planning Department.

"The hearing examiner plays a very important role in the land development review," Clark said.

A contracted position and not technically a county employee, Clark said, the examiner holds hearings for land-use development applications before they are put before the county commissioners.

The examiner holds a hearing once a month where multiple applications may be addressed, and then writes reports recommending the commissioners either deny or approve the projects.

As the candidate selected for the position will be responsible for holding public hearings, establishing findings, drawing conclusions and making recommendations, facilitation and public speaking skills are critical, according to a county press release.

The examiner is paid per case. Compensation varies on the research and work involved with the case, such as whether site visits are conducted and any mileage covered.

Usually the examiner is paid about $250 per case, he said.

Candidates would ideally be professional land use planners, engineers or attorneys, according to the release. The county would prefer examiners would either reside in or are employed in the county.

The county has two examiners.

There is no application for the open position, Clark said. Interested individuals should call the Building and Planning Department about submitting resumes and cover letters at: 446-1070.

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