Manatee County School District to interview for director of safety and security position

BRADENTON -- The Manatee County School District will interview candidates for a new director of safety and security from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Interviews are open to the public.

The Manatee County School Board voted to hire a director of safety and security at its Aug. 12 meeting. The new director will maintain a secure environment for students, employees and visitors for an estimated annual salary of $85,000.

More than 40 people from a broad range of backgrounds applied, district officials said. The district conducted a screening process and telephone interviews to whittle down the prospect list.

Interviews will be held in room 212 at district offices on Manatee Avenue West.

The job requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution and a minimum 10 years experience in law enforcement or private-sector security management. Experience in disaster/emergency planning and management is strongly preferred as is experience working with Florida educational entities and prior administrative experience.

The director will report to Don Hall, deputy superintendent of operations, and will supervise support staff.

A public records request filed Monday for the names and copies of applications of interview candidates was not filled by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on Twitter@MeghinDelaney.