Final interviews for CBJ Community Development director

Four applicants for the CBJ Community Development Director will be on the hot seat Monday as the final selection process gets underway.

The city and borough received 22 applications for the position, vacated recently by the retirement of Dale Pernulla. Interviews were conducted with 11, and a selection committee further narrowed the field.

The finalists will participate in the city’s assessment center evaluation process, in which job candidates respond to daily situations and problems they would face in the job they seek. They must do written reports, oral presentations, power points and also face questions from city staff and the public.

Two of the four finalists are from Juneau: Greg Chaney, who is acting Community Development director, and Katherine Eldemar, a former special assistant to Sealaska Corp. President and CEO. Candidate Hal Hart comes from Washington state, where he’s worked in city planning and development. Ed James is a city and regional planner from Utah.

Public feedback is part of the process. Assessment center exercises will be held in Assembly Chambers and many are open to the public. They’re scheduled for Monday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Tuesday, from 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. A public reception is scheduled for Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.