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Paden City Discusses City Recorder Replacement Options

November 7, 2017
BY CHAD TURNER - For the Wetzel Chronicle , Wetzel Chronicle

Paden City held a special council meeting Monday night.

First, council members expressed their condolences in regards to the recent passing of City Recorder Tammy Billiter.

Newly appointed mayor Ken Stead remarked, "I'd like to take this opportunity from the members of the city government and the employees of the city, to extend to the Billiter family our sincere condolences at the loss of our good friend and faithful employee of the city." There was then a moment of silence for respect of Tammy Billiter.

The meeting continued and a motion passed to make adjustments to the agenda in order to hit the main topics. There was also a motion to hold a special meeting Thursday, Nov. 9 to cover the rest of the agenda. The main point of the meeting was to appoint an interview committee to look into finding a replacement for the city recorder. Due to certain circumstances, the person taking the position can be appointed by council as opposed to holding a special election. The applicants should have some experience with record keeping, accounting, and must be able to deal with the public.

The interview committee will consist of Mayor Ken Stead, Julie Efaw, Susan Postlethwait, and Aunia Brady. They will go through the applications that have been sent in for the Utility Clerk's position and contact those most qualified to see if they would be interested in filling in the City Recorder position until the end of the fiscal year. At the end of the term, the person filling in the recorder position can then run for election.

Julie Efaw agreed to stay in the position of Utility Clerk until the fiscal year. Therefore, there will be a search committee to speak with those applicants that would be interested in a part-time Utility Clerk's position until they can be trained. The temporary clerk will also be trained to assist in the recorder position so that there is another qualified member on council. Therefore, if something would happen to the City Recorder or Mayor in the future, there would be a qualified member on council that could step up and fill those responsibilities if needed.

There was also a committee appointed to call those applicants who have submitted resumes to see if they would be interested in a part-time Utility Clerks position until the end of the fiscal year. This would allow time for training. The interviewing committee will consist of Mayor Ken Stead, Julie Efaw, Clyde Hochstrasser and Tom Trader. They will meet on Monday, Nov. 13 to go over the applications in order to get someone hired as soon as possible.

The next Paden City Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16 located at the City Building at 7 p.m.



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