Acting interim LRC director Marcia Seiler to retire; LRC launches search for permanent director

07/01/2015 11:06 AM

Nearly two-years after former Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman stepped down and Marcia Seiler was named acting interim director the agency has officially begun its search for a permanent director.

In a press release sent Tuesday Seiler, who took the helm of the 67-year old commission as acting interim director in October of 2013 , announced that she would retire at the end of July. Seiler said she will not seek the permanent director’s job.

Seiler filled a gap for the agency after the abrupt retirement of former director Bobby Sherman in September of 2013, who left the post after sexual harassment allegations from two female LRC staffers against former lawmaker Rep. John Arnold, D-Sturgis.

A court case against the LRC, Arnold, Sherman and others seems to be wrapping up via mediation after Yolanda Costner, a former advisor to Rep. Tommy Thompson, D-Owensboro, during his time as majority whip, and Cassaundra Cooper, an aide to House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, are expected to receive a cash settlement.

The LRC announced Tuesday that they’re seeking applicants to assume the role of permanent director which oversees a staff of 380 during the interim, and an additional 250 people who are hired when the General Assembly is in session.

The salaried position pays from $120,000 to $140,000 per year and includes state benefits.

The LRC wants to fill the position by Oct. 1, which is three months before the 2016 General Assembly begins.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Sen. President Robert Stivers established a six-person panel to conduct the national search for candidates at the last LRC meeting in early June.


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