Friday, May 18, 2007

Search for VSB executive director delayed

The committee appointed to recommend a replacement for Virginia State Bar Executive Director Thomas A. Edmonds had hoped to have a candidate by the VSB’s annual meeting next month.

But the committee has decided to re-advertise for the position, said Phillip V. Anderson, the immediate past VSB president and chairman of the committee.

The first advertisements produced 14 candidates, seven of whom were interviewed to narrow the field to three finalists, Anderson said. However, one of those finalists received a private-sector offer that the VSB can’t match, and the committee decided to start over.

“We’ve had some really good applications,” he added. “It’s just that we weren’t quite ready to pull the trigger.”

He said he expects to set a July 1 deadline for the second round of applications, with the committee’s recommendation put back to late summer or fall. VSB Council and the Supreme Court of Virginia have the final say on the appointment.

Edmonds' retirement is effective at the end of the year.

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