During Wednesday night’s Finance Committee meeting, Galion Law Director Thomas Palmer suggested that the Mayor’s Office write a job description for the Public Information Officer position.
City Council approved first reading for the position Tuesday night, but referred discussion about the job description and pay to the Finance Committee meeting on Wednesday.
“Council does not approve the job description,” Palmer said. “No department head has had their job description vetoed by Council. So when you are talking about exercising this or changing (the description and pay), this isn’t something Council does, that is the prerogative of the department head, which would be the Mayor’s department.”
Palmer said his recommendation is to get someone who is qualified and skilled for the position.
“I am the point person for the website now,” Palmer said. “My skills are nowhere near what’s needed. We need someone in there who has this skill set, it’s a fairly technical field and it may have some training needed.”
Councilwoman Susan Bean is concerned about not having any control of the position.
Galion City Auditor Brian Treisch recommended the committee change the salary on the ordinance.
“I strongly recommend the committee changes the $44,000,” Treisch said. “A more realistic number is $16,000. That’s salary and benefits.”
After a lengthy discussion and disagreement about job description and pay, City Council members will discuss additional suggestions at its next meeting on Oct. 13.
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