The city’s auditor’s office has been short-staffed for several weeks but a new clerk is in place and a deputy auditor position is on the table.
According to Matt Echelberry, communications director for the city, the clerk position has been filled by Eunice Collene, a former administrative assistant to Bucyrus Mayor Jeff Reser.
“The administrative clerk position has been filled based upon civil service testing and interviews,” said Echelberry about the position that had been left vacant when a former employee took a position at the state level.
City auditor Brian Treisch said the new clerk started Monday with a starting hourly rate of $15.81.
Treisch has asked the Galion city council to approve a position of deputy auditor for his office.
“After reviewing the functions of the auditor’s office with the representatives from the state auditor’s office, the recommendation was made to hire a strong deputy auditor,” Treisch said.
Treisch said that many cities have a deputy auditor in place although it varies across the state.
“While still being finalized, the position will supervise the clerk in the office, assist in budget preparation, and act in the absence of the auditor among other duties,” said Treisch. “The thought is to have someone in the position with a strong background in accounting and public finance that will aid the auditor and administration to end the fiscal emergency status.”
Treisch said the proposed pay for the position is a $20.91 hourly rate to start with, a rate of $21.64 per hour after the first year of employment, $22.40 per hour after 18 months and $23.18 per hour after the person has worked in the position for 30 months.
Treisch said interview process for the position will begin if and when the position is approved by council.
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