My boss (the sole owner of a business with ~70 employees) asked me to find, interview, and hire him a secretary. This is one of my competencies and, therefore, not a request I was surprised by. He never had a secretary before.
However, when I asked what to aim for (I have no idea what they will have to do in the role as he never had a secretary before) he answered with a gender, maximum age, multiple physical attributes and an "unwavering determination to follow orders". He did not mention any traditional qualifications, such as a degree. He also said the maximum salary he was willing to pay them and it was substantial. For perspective, they would have one of the highest salaries in the company (I happen to know somewhat accurately what everyone makes here), earning about the same as an experienced lawyer.
Given that they won't be an actor or a model, I think their appearance shouldn't matter. Thus, I couldn't find legitimate reasons for these requirements.
How to handle these inappropriate candidate selection instructions? Should I just trudge on and hire him what he wants? Should I report this to some competent authority? I have nothing in writing, he also avoids emailing. Questioning his motivations is not a good course of action, as he often gets angry when he's asked questions.