The School Reform Commission has set a shorter than previously stated deadline for finding a permanent chief executive officer.

The initial consideration of candidates will begin in July, with a goal of selecting the new chief by September, according to a five-page description of the job released by the five-member SRC yesterday.

The new CEO will earn between $185,000 and $250,000 a year, and may request performance-based incentives.

Paul Vallas, the outgoing CEO, earns a base salary of $250,000 plus incentives. His contract actually calls for him to earn $275,000, but he has not taken his last pay raise due to the school district's budget deficit. Interim CEO Thomas Brady will earn $275,000 once he begins July 1.

Also yesterday, the SRC released a request for proposals to find a firm to aid in the search for CEO candidates. All interested firms must submit their proposals by 5 p.m. May 25.

In April, officials said the CEO search may last a year. *

- Mensah M. Dean