CENTERVILLE -- The city is adding a position to help with its public information program.
According to a staff report on the change, the new employee will work directly for the city manager. Responsibilities will include managing the city's public information program with newsletters, a website and the use of social media to conduct research and provide project management as needed.
Minimum qualifications for the job include a bachelor's degree in public or business administration or a related field, and either three years' experience in the required duties or an equivalent combination of education and experience, the report said.
Adding this position to the city's pay grade schedule formally authorized its existence.
This move means a change to other city employees as well. The changes stem from the retirement of Marilyn Holje, the city recorder. With her leaving, a city report states that there was a chance to restructure the organization.
Changes were also approved to make recorder no longer responsible for supervising another employee. With advances, the election duties have also been modified because of the move to electronic elections held with the help of the county.
Because of the different responsibilities, the city is redefining the pay grade of the recorder position, putting it at a 12 instead of the 13 it was formerly. Meanwhile, the new management assistant position scores at a pay grade 15.
Changing the recorder's pay grade formally requires a public hearing. Officials plan to wait until June when the council approves annual actions pertaining to the city's compensation plan. This does not affect the promotion of Marsha Morrow to city recorder because with her approved starting pay, she falls in the middle of the recorder's pay range.
The city is now searching for someone to fill its newly created position.