The German Village Society board of trustees is getting closer to naming a new executive director.

Josh Zimmerman, vice president of the board, said the Society received 100 applications from those looking to replace Shiloh Todorov, who is leaving after seven years in the position.

Zimmerman said a search committee, which includes him and four others, conducted 20 phone interviews and began in-person interviews Aug. 16.

About 10 are expected to be interviewed in person, said Greg Gamier, who is part of the search committee and is a member of the organization's board of trustees.

Other members of the search committee include Terri Dalenta, who also is a member of the Society Board of Trustees, and residents Carol Mullinax and Darrell van Lichten.

Gamier said all the candidates were highly qualified, and some of the applicants are from out of state.

"They were pretty varied in backgrounds," he said.

"Some did come from nonprofits. Some came from other backgrounds."

The search committee will make its recommendation to the board, which is expected to vote on Todorov's replacement in September.

She has agreed to continue to work until Oct. 10 to ensure a smooth transition.

"I think it's gone smoothly," Gamier said of the search. "I'm not going to say it's been easy when you look at 100 applicants, but that's our job."

Mullinax said the executive director post is "a tough job but a rewarding job."

"Shiloh is going to be difficult to replace because she has done such a marvelous job," Mullinax said.

"And I think with the position of executive director of a nonprofit, of a historically oriented organization, we're looking for leadership abilities, fundraising abilities, working with different community groups and someone with a knowledge of the historic nature of the neighborhood."

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