Mark Taylor
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There will soon be two new faces at Edgerton City Hall.
The city council approved the creation of two new full time positions — a codes enforcement officer and an administrative services director — in April.
City Administrator Beth Linn said the new positions were identified as necessary to prepare the city for growth expected to result from the intermodal logistics park.
Charlie Lyden
Charlie Lyden was hired as the city’s new codes enforcement officer and animal control officer.
Lyden, an Edgerton resident who formerly worked as a veterinarian technician, has already started work.
Lyden will report to the city administrator and be responsible for “the enforcement of all nuisance, environmental, property maintenance and animal codes,” Linn said.
“Public works would remain responsible for building codes and permits. The code enforcement officer would do all remaining items including tall grass and weeds, inoperable vehicles, junk/trash/debris, animal control, etc.”
Linn said part of the code enforcement officer’s job will be to educate citizens about the city’s codes rather than just writing tickets on the spot.
Linn said the need for a full time code enforcement officer became apparent during recent citizen interviews that were conducted during research for the city’s new logo and branding campaign.
Lack of code enforcement was among the most common complaints expressed by citizens.
Anna Marie Keena
Hired as administrative services director was Anna Marie Keena, who most recently worked as Spring Hill city clerk.
Keena is expected to start her new job on Sept. 10.
Keena will report to the city administrator and oversee city office staff, including the account clerk, interim city clerk/court clerk, and part time administrative assistant.
The person will be responsible for internal control measures including “daily review of cash accounting, review and approval of all payroll, review and approval of all accounts payable checks, etc.” Linn said.
The administrative services director will also be responsible for all human resource related tasks, including payroll, benefits administration and risk management.
“By allocating these functions to the administrative services director, it would allow more time for the city administrator to work on areas of planning and zoning, community development, neighborhood services, economic development, budget preparation, intergovernmental cooperation and other special projects,” Linn said.
“In addition, the position could serve as a second point of contact for governing body, staff, residents, and public safety in the absence of the city administrator.”
Office space
The addition of two employees is necessitating some renovation work inside city hall.  Keena will office with Linn in the former council chambers, and Lyden will share an office space with Debra Gragg, administrative assistant, across the hall in the main office.
The city hall is also receiving electrical upgrades.