The last thing Edgerton needs is an assistant city administrator.
City Administrator David Dillner provided a job description of assistant city administrator to the Edgerton City Council at its meeting last week.
According to the job description, the assistant city administrator would assist the city administrator with the day-to-day tasks of managing the office, with an added focus on assisting with the development of the city’s annual budget.
Although one city council member voiced a need for a city official with a great understanding of budgets and finance, we wonder why that person isn’t the city administrator himself.
In a town of Edgerton’s size, obviously, city officials will be called upon to wear multiple hats in performing their jobs. If there was any indication that Dillner required assistance in developing a budget and managing the city’s finances, that issue should have been addressed when he interviewed for the position of city administrator, not after the fact. In this current economic climate, adding another staff position – especially one with a salary cap of $55,000 – simply isn’t feasible.
There is absolutely no need for an assistant city administrator in a town of Edgerton’s size. In today’s economy, when layoffs occur, employees are asked to perform tasks for which they are not trained. Unfortunately, that may mean the city administrator has to double as the finance director. It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but one that has been administered to employees in the public sector time and again.
This isn’t to say that the need for an assistant city administrator in Edgerton won’t eventually come up. If the intermodal and logistics park bring the great amount of residential and commercial growth that is expected of them, then perhaps the city will indeed require an assistant city administrator. But that scenario is years away from becoming a reality.
We would agree that the funds that would be used to pay an assistant city administrator are better used in treating and renovating streets and infrastructure. We urge Edgerton to take care of the more immediate needs first. If an assistant city administrator is needed in the future, it won’t be for a long while. In the meantime, we think it would be best for the city to instead use the human resources it has been given.