City officials are expected to consider enacting a one-year hiring freeze at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
Commissioner of Finance Kenneth Ivins said this week he will propose that the council review each city job that comes open and vote whether to fill the position or not, rather than automatically hiring when people leave.
“Each individual commissioner would have to look at that job and determine if it could be reassigned,” Ivins said.
The city’s 2009 budget, approved Tuesday evening at a little over $36 million with no tax increase for property owners, cuts nine jobs, some of which are currently not filled.
The jobs that aren’t part of next year’s budget are:
a Department of Public Works clerk
a full-time special program heritage coordinator in the Visitor Center, although a part-time position has been created in that department
a civil service senior clerk
a computer microsystems manager
an accounts assistant
a new engineering clerk who was slated to be hired
the superintendent of the city parks and Canfield Casino
an engineering technician, although a new part-time position will take its place
a DPW administrative assistant.
Another change includes no pay increase for the city risk manager, Marilyn Rivers. Her boss, Accounts Commissioner John Franck, had gotten flak at the council table for giving Rivers a 10 percent raise.
The budget also calls for pay freezes for the city’s five deputy commissioners, who make about $66,000 a year, and for executive assistants in the mayor’s office and the departments of public safety and public works, who make $36,000 a year.