Galion continues talks on new position

By Deborah Elaine Evans - [email protected]

Galion City Council passed a second reading during Tuesday night’s meeting to an ordinance establishing a Public Information Officer position for the city.

The ordinance passed 6-1 with Susan Bean casting the dissenting vote.

Discussion continued on how many hours per week the position would be and how much the position would pay. No final decision was made during Tuesday night’s meeting.

Bean said she didn’t understand what the position’s compensation would be.

“It’s a huge difference from the functions of updating the web site and responding to the (large number) of Freedom of Information requests and having a press secretary,” she said following the meeting. “There is a more common sense way of approaching this.”

The original proposal called for a full-time position with $44,000 allocated annually for pay and benefits.

“It’s really up to Council,” Galion Mayor Tom O’Leary commented after the meeting. “We’ve had conversations about reducing the hours and compensation. We’re trying to understand how to gain the support to get as many votes as possible.”

By Deborah Elaine Evans

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