The Legislature’s Executive Board chose a subcommittee Monday to start the search for a new director of its professional staff.

The subcommittee will have four legislators and a business person – yet to be chosen – as its voting members.

The legislators are Sen. Deb Soholt, R-Sioux Falls; Sen. Craig Tieszen, R-Rapid City; Rep. Spencer Hawley, D-Brookings; and Rep. Steve Westra, R-Sioux Falls.

They will choose a private citizen to be the fifth voting member.

The subcommittee also will have two non-voting members. They are Fred Schoenfeld, the interim director for the Legislative Research Council, and Reuben Bezpaletz, the LRC’s senior legal analyst.

The panel of seven will identify recruiting and search firms and present a proposal including pricing to the full Executive Board at a meeting on Jan. 13.

The panel also is responsible for establishing a job description and criteria.

The previous LRC director, Jim Fry, gave a two-week notice of resignation on Sept. 25 in the wake of an outside review of the management and performance.

The review was conducted at the Executive Board’s direction by staff from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The board however decided Fry should leave the office that same day and named Schoenfeld as the interim director. Both Fry and Schoenfeld were already planning to retire in 2014. Schoenfeld had been chief of the fiscal staff.

The board decided Monday to appoint the subcommittee after an hour in executive session.

Sen. Corey Brown, R-Gettysburg, outlined the plan for the subcommittee’s formation and duties. He is the Senate president pro tem, the No. 2 member of the chamber after the lieutenant governor.

Rep. Brian Gosch, R-Rapid City, said the plan was substantially different from what had been originally presented. “There were a lot of things discussed in the executive session,” he said.

Gosch is the House speaker, the presiding officer for that chamber. He said the full board will make the hiring decision.

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