Corbin H. Crable
The Edgerton City Council tabled action to approve a job description for an assistant city administrator at its Sept. 9 meeting.
The council removed the item from the evening’s consent agenda, designed for council approval of multiple items at once, and discussed the issue separately.
According to City Administrator David Dillner, the position would provide general support to the city administrator and would be responsible for coordinating City Hall office operations. Dillner said a general focus of the assistant city administrator would be in dealing with the city’s annual budget and other areas of finance within the city of Edgerton.
“The city administrator requires the assistance and support of a person with strong analytical skills to perform a broad range of managerial, professional and analytical work,” according to a memo from Dillner.
The Gardner News asked Dillner whether the position was a revised job description for the city’s office manager. Dillner said the position of assistant city administrator would combine elements of an office manager and finance director.
According to multiple unnamed sources, the city’s office manager, Candace Duarte, was terminated from her employment with the city last week after less than a year on the job. This information could not be confirmed with officials at city hall.
The suggested salary for Edgerton’s assistant city administrator would start at $46,593 per year, with a $14,000 benefits package. The salary cap for the position would be $55,912.
At least one city council member questioned the need for an assistant city administrator for a town of Edgerton’s size.
“There were many people who questioned whether we even needed a city administrator,” council member Ken Gillespie noted.
In one of the more recent exchanges of that kind, an Edgerton resident last year stood up at a council meeting and suggested firing Dillner and instead using his annual salary to pay for street repairs and improvements.
“I also caught a lot of grief from people who thought we didn’t need an office manager to manage two people,” Gillespie added. “I don’t think we need this position right now. There are other things we need to address first.”
Council member Glyn Powers said the city would benefit from having an employee with a better understanding of city finances.
“If we’re going to hire someone, we need someone who understands finances – because we don’t have anyone,” Powers said.
The council will discuss the job description at a later date.
In other business, the council:
• approved the city’s new logo, which was designed by 16-year-old Edgerton resident Matthew Todd. The logo features a small compass and a set of railroad tracks running alongside the Bank of Knowledge, with the word ‘Edgerton’ written in cursive script in front of the building. The logo will be used on the city’s stationery, business cards, banner and vehicles as replacements to each become necessary. Mayor Don Roberts suggested that in addition to the $250 given to Todd as the winner of the logo contest, the city also should offer him monetary compensation for the hours he put into revising the logo from its original form. The council has yet to decide on the amount of compensation with which to award Todd.
Having met Monday, Sept. 13, for a joint work session with the Gardner City Council, Edgerton’s governing body will host the Gardner council at another joint work session this week. That meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 at the Community Center, 404 E. Nelson St.