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Madison County chairman searching for two new department heads

EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler is preparing to hire two new department heads whose responsibilities will include everything from overseeing affordable housing to more than $5 million in purchasing.

madisoncountylogo2Prenzler announced that he will be accepting applications for the appointed positions of director of Administrative Services and Community Development ddministrator. He hopes to fill the positions as early as next month.

“I will be accepting applications for the positions until Nov. 8,” Prenzler said. “We would like to move quickly on this, but at the same time be diligent in our search for qualified candidates.”

The administrative services position was left vacant in August after its previous director, Anthony Fuhrmann, was appointed as the Employment and Training administrator. The Community Development position became vacant Wednesday night after the County Board voted to terminate the administrator, Kristen Poshard.

The Administrative Services position is responsible for administrating more than $5 million in annual purchases for all county departments; managing support services, which include the county’s mailroom and switchboard services; as well as overseeing human resources to include personnel and payroll services. Candidates for the position should have a bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, accounting or a closely related field and a minimum five years experience.

The Community Development administrator is responsible for overseeing the administrative and operational programs for federal and state grants, which includes affordable housing; managing 32 employees; as well as putting together strategic planning, resource allocation and coordination along with economic development. Candidates for the position should have a bachelor’s degree in business or public administration or equivalent, six years related experience.

Both candidates should have experience preparing financial budgets.

Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest in the position by bringing it to the County Board Office, Room 165, via mail, 157 N. Main St., Suite 165, Edwardsville, IL, 62025 or via email to


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