Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's office has taken down job advertisements for chief administrative officer as the total number of applications has reached 129.

Broome began the search for a chief administrative officer after taking office at the start of 2017, but she has not yet hired the person who will run City Hall's day-to-day operations and fill in during her absence.

She said on March 3 that she had interviewed as many as 10 people for the job and on Feb. 27 that she expected to announce a decision within two weeks from that date — a timeline that has now passed.

Michelle McCalope, spokeswoman for City Hall, said the job advertisement Broome placed on the International City Managers Association website expired on March 17, so they removed the ad on the Baton Rouge government website as well.

"The mayor is working diligently to close the chapter on the CAO position soon," McCalope said in a statement in response to a question about whether the ad removals meant that the search was completed.

Though applications have piled up for the job, Broome is not bound to hire someone who has applied through traditional means. She has said previously that she's reached out to friends and organizations around the country trying to recruit applicants who did not send in resumes.

The Advocate has received 129 applications for chief administrative officer through a request made under the state's public records law. The applications made available were submitted between January 13 and February 27.

Just over a fourth of those who applied to be chief administrative officer are from other states. Most out-of-state applicants have experience working for government elsewhere.

William Daniel, who was chief administrative officer under former Mayor-President Kip Holden, is still filling the role in an interim capacity for Broome. 

Daniel earned $139,824 in 2016, according to the city-parish's salary database, while his replacement's salary will range between $89,748 to $149,155 depending on their experience, according to the job ads.

While the chief administrative officer ads have come down, City Hall has posted three new ads for the positions of Emergency Medical Services administrator, Environmental Services director and Transportation and Drainage director.

Chad Guillot has had the "interim" title in front of his position as EMS director for more than a year. Former Environmental Services Director Karen Khonsari left in September of 2016, while former Transportation and Drainage Director Stephen Bonnette stepped down at the end of 2016.

Broome's recently released transition reports identified the loss of Bonnette as a major hit for City Hall, calling him a "high-caliber technical engineer, manager and collaborator."

The salary for the EMS administrator will range between $73,836 to $123,242, while the salaries for the directors of environmental services and transportation and drainage will span $81,404 to $135,568 depending on experience.

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