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March 28, 2013

NARCOG board sets cap on cost of director search

DECATUR — Board members with the North-central Alabama Regional Council of Governments agreed Wednesday morning to put a $20,000 cap on its search for the organization’s new executive director.

Last month the board agreed to hire Don Terry Veal of Auburn University’s Center of Government Services to handle its search for a $10,000 fee.However, interim director Stefanie Franklin informed members Wednesday after getting clarification of the proposal, the original fee doesn’t include advertisement or any other associated expenses.

“When I talked with Mr. Veal, he suggested that we talk more about it and come to them with the recommendation of putting caps on expenses and things like that,” Franklin said.

Originally, NARCOG board chairman Stanley Yarbrough suggested the total cost be capped at $13,000, but several members didn’t feel the remaining $3,000 of that price would be enough to cover the other expenses.

“Unless we want to have the flexibility to go back and adjust that figure as needed, we might want to consider more than that, especially if we’re going to consider travel and lodging for the top job applications,” said Larry Waye, a Morgan County representative.

It was later agreed upon to do a $10,000 cap for the additional expenses that will include advertising, travel, lodging, meal expenses, etc.

“We need to let him (Veal) know we’ve committed to this cap value of fees, and that we’re committed to the search,” Decatur mayor Don Kyle said. “If he thinks it’s not enough or too much then he can tell us.”

Franklin didn’t have a timeline as to when she thought a permanent director may be hired, though the board had discussed previously the end of April being the target date .

Also during Wednesday’s meeting the board tabled the approval of the final draft of the organization’s bylaws until next month to ensure other changes made were correct.

“We need to make sure this is right,” Yarbrough said.

The next meeting is scheduled for April 24.

* Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131,ext. 225, or by email at

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