The marquee in front of Soldotna City Hall isn’t displaying a “Help Wanted” message just yet, but the search is on for an assistant city manager, a finance director and someone to staff the front desk.
During the Soldotna City Council meeting Wednesday, City Manager Tom Boedeker said his administrative assistant, Kathy Dawson, is leaving after 10 years of service, and announced that Sue Wilcox, who had been working at the front desk would be moving into Dawson’s post.
By way of approving its consent agenda without discussion, the city council waived job advertising requirements for the in-house promotion.
The council also approved an updated job description for the finance director position, being vacated by Marti Wilkison, who will be retiring next year.
The resolution approved by the council states in part that the job description has not been revised since 1988.
The finance director is the city’s chief advisor to the city manager regarding financial affairs of the city, and conducts financial analysis of investments and leases to determine their cost effectiveness and profitability to the city, according to the job description.
Boedeker also said he is continuing his search for an assistant city manager, but said a shortage exists nationwide for city managers and assistant city managers.
Boedeker said earlier that he attended a city managers’ conference last summer, partially in hopes of recruiting an assistant city manager, and instead was approached by municipalities attempting to lure him away from Soldotna.
As an interim measure to finding an assistant, the council approved contracting with former intern Leila Kimbrell for a full-time, temporary special projects and research assistant position at an annual base salary of $48,547.
The special projects assistant will work with the city manager on projects such as annexation petitioning, redrafting a special assessment district ordinance, preparing collective bargaining agreement negotiations and labor policies and researching statutes and regulations pertaining to contracts.
The job description for the position calls for a “masters of public administration, juris doctor or equivalent post-graduate degree.”
Kimbrell’s new position comes with 11 paid holidays, health and life insurance, but as a temporary position, is not eligible for participation in the Public Employee Retirement System.
Police Chief John Lucking Jr. also announced an opening in the police department for a sergeant.
In other business, the city council authorized the purchase of a $281,561 road grader; canceled its Nov. 22 meeting; and appointed council member Jim Stogsdill as vice mayor.
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