Live Oak —
The Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night at their regular monthly meeting to hire Shane Farnsworth of Columbus, Ohio as the county’s new economic development director. Farnsworth is expected to begin employment with the county later this month.
The board agreed to pay Farnsworth an annual salary of $80,000 plus benefits. The board also agreed to reimburse him up to $5,000 for moving expenses.
Out of 20 applicants, Farnsworth was selected as the top candidate.
The board was provided a sheet with 10 criteria the board should consider when choosing candidates prior to the interviews. Each category was worth up to five points, with a perfect score being 50. The max score a candidate could have received was 250.
Farnsworth ended his interview with a top score of 194.
Alvin Jackson of Boynton Beach placed second with a close score of 191 and Allan Lane of North Port placed third with 171.