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Smith takes interim post with extension office

Thursday, December 15, 2011

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Recently, the Clay County Purdue Extension Office underwent a change.

Jenna Smith, who has worked as the office's ag and natural resource educator for both Clay and Owen counties, is now wearing a new hat.

Smith was recently named the interim county extension director. Melanie Brown served in the position for approximately 10 years.

As well as looking for a full-time director, Smith said Purdue Extension is also looking for someone to fill the 4-H Youth Development position, something she is also currently helping with.

"I'm the interim for now," Smith said. "Purdue is in the process of finding candidates for the 4-H Youth Development position."

Smith said anyone can apply for the position, but they must have a master's degree in something related to education or agriculture.

The change took place earlier this month.

"It's actually just something added on top of being the ag educator," Smith said. "I have to approve paperwork that goes in and out of the office and work with the commissioners and the extension board."

Since taking the position, Smith has attended a Clay County Commissioner's meeting. She had previously attended all extension board meetings.

"We have a good working relationship," Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown said of the Extension Office.

Smith -- a Cloverdale resident -- said there is no time limit on the current search for a permanent director.

"It all depends on how quickly they get a good candidate pool," she said. "We just hope that it can be dealt with in a timely manner and (the person chosen) will be a good fit for the county."

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