As I mentioned at the State of the City Address in October, one of the challenges the city faces this year is the retirement of Carmen Korsen. Carmen has dedicated 35 years to the city and in that time she has served the city extremely well in a very professional manner. Carmen will be retiring at the end of June 2012. The city will lose a lot of know-how and knowledge when she leaves. In order to facilitate a smooth transition that preserves as much history, knowledge, and know-how as possible, I am making some changes in the organization of the City Administrative staff effective March 1, 2012:
1. The City Clerk\Treasurer will be split into two full time positions, a City Clerk and a City Treasurer.
2. Kathy Lehr, the current Billing Clerk, will be appointed to the City Treasurer position.
3. The current Billing Clerk .75 FTE position will be made a full time position. We are currently advertising for this position. Anyone interested in applying must have their application completed and submitted by March 7, 2012.
4. Effective July 1, 2012, the current Deputy Clerk position, currently held by Mori Hall, will be abolished. Mori will have completed her training for the Clerk position and be moved into the City Clerk position.
5. Carmen will be responsible for insuring that everyone is well trained and ready to act as a team when she retires.
All of the changes will cost the city additional funds this year, but be budget neutral for the FY 2013 year. This plan offers the best potential for a smooth transition that keeps as much history and knowledge in place as possible.
I am also taking a hard look at all Boards that are attached to the city. I want to make sure that these boards have the right people on them and that they represent the best interests of the city. I will have more to say on this matter in the next Mayor’s Corner.
The City is also planning to participate in the next Operation Facelift sponsored by the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization. We will be establishing a working team to lead this effort. Terry Behunin and the Chamber of Commerce have agreed to work with the City on this project.
We are waiting for another study from our Engineers, Keller Associates before finalizing our plans for the City water system. It will most likely take us until the early part of 2013 before we take any action in this area.
I am looking forward to spring. I am sure you will be hearing about our Community Garden again this year and the Mayor’s Giant Pumpkin contest.