The postings will reflect new job descriptions, which removes college degree requirements, for both the city’s fire chief and parks and recreation director positions.
“I’m ready to get this behind us,” said Mayor Bill Hereford said during last week’s work session.
Councilman Greg Gossett requested both positions be posted in house and out of house simultaneously, so the positions can be filled as soon as possible.
Normally, a vacant city position is posted in house five days before it is posted for all to apply.
“I would like to see it thrown out all at once, so we can get all the applicants in here,” Gossett said.
The mayor and council agreed, and approved the job postings for the two positions.
City officials say they are hoping changes to the job description will bring more qualified candidates to the table.
According to the requirements for “education, training and experience,” the new job description for the parks and recreation director states, “Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration or related field is preferred (not required).”
At least three years of experience in parks and recreation is also preferred, “or substantial experience in management and supervision in other fields,” the proposed job description for the parks and recreation director states.
A bachelor’s degree is also not required in the proposed job description for the city’s fire chief.
“Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, Public Administration, Business or related field is preferred,” states the new job description for fire chief.
For more than a year, the mayor and council has failed to fill vacant department head positions left open with the departures of former Fire Chief Mike Sewell and former Parks and Recreation director Tim Sweezey.
During the past year, Capt. Jim Parsons has served as the interim fire chief, while Bubba Edge has served as interim parks and recreation director. Neither Parsons nor Edge has a bachelor’s degree, and both men have applied for their permanent job positions in the past.
Parsons said he’s only months away from obtaining a four-year degree.
The removal of the degree requirement will qualify both men for the permanent positions.
A new section or “note” was also added to the proposed job requirements.
“The mayor and council may determine in their discretion that an applicant by virtue of education, training and/or experience possesses the equivalent of any particular job requirement,” the note states. “Statements contained in this job description are intended to reflect the general duties and responsibilities required for this job and are not intended to be all inclusive, as other and additional duties may be required or assigned which are not otherwise stated herein. Furthermore, the city reserves the right to change, alter or amend the job description and other written policies at any time and without prior notice.”
In other matters, the council:
• Accepted the low bid submitted by HD Supply Waterworks for materials for the new water line to the new St. Vincent’s St. Clair Hospital. The materials will cost the city $119,326. City workers will install the new water line from the Jefferson State Junior College campus to the new St. Vincent’s St. Clair Hospital site.
• Approved a contract to use CDG Engineers and Associates for engineering work on an “as need” basis.
• Approved two change orders for the sewer line work, near the Fox Hollow lift station. One change order will cost the city $265,668, while the other change order will save the city about $1,592.