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Posted: Monday, 14 October 2013 4:30PM

Berrien County Road Commission Picks Olson As New Managing Director

The Berrien County Road Commission has selected its next managing director. Christopher Olson will be offered the contract to run the BCRC after interviews were held Monday with the five finalists for the job. Olson is currenty the Benzie County Administrator in northwest Michigan, but his contract will expire at the end of this month and was not renewed. Road commissioners interviewed him, Louis Csokasy, Joe Margol, Joseph Bellina and Howard Henderson, and debated for nearly an hour before coming to an agreement. Csokasy was selected as the number-two candidate. If Olson accepts the contract, he will take over for interim managing director Brian Berndt, who has been running the operation since the firing of Wayne Schoonover earlier this year. Schoonover had taken over for Rhonda Hildebrand, who was let go about a year ago. Between the two of them, St. Joseph Public Works Director Derek Perry had been the interim director. The Road Commission still faces the possibility of being taken over by Berrien County, with a second public hearing on the issue set for next Thursday night.


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