Field of candidates for planning post narrowed

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A committee reviewing applications for Baton Rouge's city-parish planning director job cut the field to 23 candidates.

The Advocate reported (http://bit.ly/1eXl3Jj) more than 60 candidates were eliminated this past. Officials said many of those didn't meet preferred education or experience levels.

The committee is expected to continue narrowing the list over the coming weeks.

"There are probably about 11 or 12 that I want to take a much closer look at, but that's just me," said committee chairwoman Tara Wicker, who serves on the city-parish Planning Commission and Metro Council.

The panel will select at least five finalists to come to Baton Rouge for interviews that will be conducted in public.

The city-parish Planning Commission will have the final say on the hire. The commission could opt to interview candidates not recommended by the selection committee.

The position, which is responsible for reviewing potential zoning changes, plans for subdivisions and some commercial developments, as well as implementation of the city-parish master plan, pays up to $100,202 a year plus a car allowance and benefits.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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