Jim Jones is stepping down as Clallam County administrator. Jones, who was hired as the county’s top executive in May 2006, announced last week that he plans to retire on Sept. 1, one week after turning 65.
“Jim has been integral to the successful financial management of Clallam County, providing stability and expertise to several different Boards of County Commissioners over those years,” board Chairman Mark Ozias said in a statement on Feb. 8.
“In addition to his strong record of financial management Jim has been vital to the success of many county-wide efforts including helping to build strong partnerships with a multitude of fellow governments and community organizations.”
In a Friday interview, Ozias said the board would discuss the vacancy in a Feb. 20 work session. Commissioners will develop a timeline for the transition by the end of March.
“We are going to engage the services of a professional search firm to help us identify and vet candidates,” Ozias said in a telephone interview.
The board has discussed the possibility of splitting the function of the county administrator into two positions: a county executive to oversee day-to-day operations and a chief financial officer who would oversee the budget and lead a newly-created finance department.
“We don’t know exactly how that will shape up, and that’s part of what we’ll be talking about in public,” Ozias said.