Galion Council creates Public Information Officer position

By Deborah Elaine Evans - [email protected]

Galion City Council approved a new position in the city during Tuesday night’s meeting.

Council voted 6-1 to create the Public Information Officer position for the city.

Councilwoman Susan Bean was the lone dissenting vote.

“It’s fiscally irresponsible,” she said. “Everytime they brought the position up, it’s different numbers.”

According to a job description which was released last week:

* The position will be under the supervision of Galion Mayor Tom O’Leary

* The role would be to maintain positive relations between the public and the city using both written and oral communication

* The position is responsible for web content management, research, documentation, preparation and distribution of written and oral communications to the media and responses to public record requests

* Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college in communications, journalism, public relations or a related field is required

* Past experience as a Pubic Information Officer helpful, but not required

* Extensive knowledge of Galion government and organizations

The full description of the position is available in O’Leary’s office.

The mayor’s office wrote the description upon request by Galion Law Director Thomas Palmer after a discussion in a previous meeting on the duties and pay of the position.

O’Leary was out of town for a prior commitment and wasn’t available for comment.

Following the meeting, Council President Carl Watt said he anticipates the position to be filled by the end of the year.

Watt added two people have already expressed interest in the position, which will be advertised.

City officials said the position would be around 35 hours per week and starting pay would be in line with the pay of administrative clerk position, which is around $13.50 per hour.

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By Deborah Elaine Evans

[email protected]