Jim Grant will extend his interim stay as SLO County administrator by more than a year.
Grant, a 29-year veteran of county government, was brought out of retirement to fill the administrator position after David Edge was fired on May 19. Grant was supposed to take over just long enough for the county to hire a new permanent administrator—about six months. But in the midst of a seemingly unending budget crisis and the aftermath of sex scandals that led to the firing of Edge and deputy administrator Gail Wilcox, county officials have put the search on hold.
Grant said his previous experience allowed him to help settle his department more so than an administrator new to the task would.
“The board [of supervisors] had just felt that things had calmed down a bit,” he said.
County officials will wait until early next year to begin searching for a permanent administrator, he added. The hope is to have someone step in by the latter part of 2010.