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Council turns thumbs down on hiring by department heads

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If passed, the resolution would have allowed city department heads the authority to hire any personnel required for the operation of their departments for which funds have been approved in the annual budget without prior city council approval as long as the vacant position has been vacant for less than 60 days meaning that if a city employee quit or retired, the department head could fill the job immediately without going before council. However, it would not allow them to create new positions without councils approval.

The resolution was supported by Ward 5 Councilor Tick Bryan, who said during the meeting that the council needed to have faith in the department heads that they put in place and not micromanage them.

Bryan voted yes along with Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino and Ward 4 Councilor Joe Hayes. Ward 1 Councilor Lanny Jewell voted no and Ward 2 Councilor Fred Burton and Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath passed by being present, not voting.

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