The search committee charged with finding the next executive director of the London-Laurel County Industrial Authority has 11 applicants from which to choose.

Laurel County Judge-Executive Lawrence Kuhl, who, along with London Mayor Troy Rudder, is working with the three-person committee charged with reviewing and narrowing down the list of applicants, appeared before the industrial authority Tuesday to give an update on the search.

Because an executive session was called in order for Kuhl to give the update, no information was made public. However, Kuhl said Wednesday the committee received 11 resumes from individuals interested in the position and was preparing to begin the interview process. Following the interview process, Kuhl said the committee will make a recommendation to the industrial authority, which will make the final decision.

Kuhl said he could not release the names, but indicated the majority of the resumes were from local individuals. No timetable has been set to have the next executive director in place. Karr, who has served as executive-director for 10 years, announced in September that he would be retiring at the end of the year.

The industrial authority named Charlie Pennington to serve as interim executive-director while the search process continues.

Karr said previously that he has worked to diversify the business and industry locating in Laurel County.

“He has the county at heart,” Kuhl said of Karr’s efforts.

Staff writer Dean Manning may be reached at dmanning @sentinel-echo.com.

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