The search continues for an executive director for the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority, with board members interviewing the finalists from a group of 14 candidates Friday morning.

In March, three representatives of the Berkley Group offered words of advice to Halifax County Industrial Development Authority board members and search committee members who are looking for that perfect fit in a new IDA executive director.

At Friday’s meeting, the search for that “perfect fit” continued during an IDA meeting held at Southern Virginia Technology Park in South Boston, with IDA members going behind closed doors to conduct interviews with the top candidates, according to Kristy Johnson, interim executive director.

“The candidates have been narrowed down to a group of finalists that will be interviewed,” said Johnson on Thursday.

Following the closed session, members took no action.

Johnson said she anticipates members to take action at the next meeting of the full board.

The Berkley Group was responsible for narrowing down the list of 14 candidates and setting up the final interviews that took place at Friday’s board meeting, according to Johnson.

The Halifax County IDA is looking for its next executive director to be professionally competent, with excellent communications skills and strong leadership skills who promotes teamwork and collaboration and has a record of successful business recruitment, retention and expansion.

Performance expectations include managing and improving IDA properties, overseeing the completion of a new shell building and being an active and visible participant in community activities.

The IDA executive director position has been open since previous executive director Matt Leonard departed on Nov. 1 after the announcement of his departure was made in September when he and the IDA board executed a separation agreement.