SARATOGA SPRINGS – The quartet of Democrats who recently won jobs as mayor and three commissioners aren’t waiting to appoint their respective deputies, and have set a Dec. 3 cutoff for accepting applications in what they promise will be an “open” hiring process.
But because the new mayor and city council members won’t be sworn in until January, the four elected officials in waiting are using personal email accounts to receive candidates’ materials.
In a joint statement, Mayor-elect Ron Kim and the three fellow winners of council seats in the Nov. 2 city election pledged an open process to review, consider and hire their respective deputies.
Salaries for deputy commissioner posts are $80,818 with a competitive package of benefits.
Kim asked applicants who are interested in serving as deputy mayor to email their resumes to [email protected] or mail them to Ron Kim For Mayor, P.O. Box 318, Saratoga Springs NY, 12866.
Finance Commissioner-elect Minita Sanghvi invited qualified candidates to apply to be her deputy, to help with day-to-day operations and new initiatives via email at [email protected]
Commissioner of Accounts-elect Dillon Moran is accepting a cover letter and resume from applicants at [email protected]
Public Safety Commissioner-elect Jim Montagnino said he wants to hire someone with a background in law enforcement, fire and rescue and other emergency services. Send a letter and resume to [email protected].
“We have no staff,” Kim said in an interview, “so it’s trying to do this while I’m also trying to do my regular job (as a lawyer) and also meet with a lot of people who obviously and understandably want to meet with the new mayor. So that’s the only way we can do this.”
The city’s commissioner form of government divides roles. For instance, the mayor’s office oversees human resources, and Kim said the city’s HR staff has been “absolutely great” providing Kim and his colleagues with information about salaries, benefits as well as clarifying that deputies must live in Saratoga County.
Kim didn’t directly answer a question about whether Mayor Meg Kelly, who did not seek re-election, is helping with his transition.
“We’re chugging along,” said Kim, who added that he drew upon connections he had already made with some city staffers, from when he served as public safety commissioner.
“I met with staff Monday. I have had experience at City Hall and it’s a little bit of a different staff since then. But they gave me a very optimistic view of what we’re going to be able to do because it’s a good staff.”
Contact reporter Brian Lee at [email protected] or 518-419-9766.