Macomb, IL – McDonough county leaders will begin scanning applications for the ESDA Director's position this week. Board chairman Bob Harwick says nine applications have been turned in. More than 20 were picked up by interested persons. Harwick says the committee will look for police or fire experience when it chooses. He says the administrative knowledge will come as the successful applicant begins the state-required training. Harwick hopes the committee can begin interviewing applicants next week. ESDA funding for McDonough County is shared by the county, city and university. Each agency has a representative on the selection committee.