At a staff meeting that took place earlier today, revisions were made to the job descriptions changing most of the managerial, managerial and superintendent positions to salaried positions as well as the title and responsibilities. from technical assistant to deputy director of public works. All the points of the meeting were adopted unanimously.
On the recommendation of Acting City Clerk Michael Fluhr, one of the agenda items would transform most of the city’s director and superintendent positions into a salaried position. Fluhr said the change “will provide clarification in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act for supervisory and senior management positions,” according to a memo.
To provide a bit of background, there are certain positions in the city, such as superintendents, managers, and directors of various departments, which the FLSA classifies as exempt employees. The FLSA classifies an exempt job as one that falls into the Professional, Administrative or Executive categories.
Being classified as exempt means that the position does not qualify for minimum wage or overtime wages, as they must be paid instead of being paid by the hour.
This verb change recognizes the classification of these positions as exempt by the FLSA and makes the job descriptions of these positions more in line with their standards. This change was approved unanimously.
Positions that will receive this review of their job description include the Facilities Manager, Downtown Development Manager, Building Manager, Human Resources Manager, Street and Drainage Manager, City Manager. airport, water distribution / wastewater collection manager, superintendent of water production, water supply / wastewater Collection superintendent and wastewater superintendent.
Another important point of the meeting was the change of title and job description for the post of Assistant Engineer to Deputy Director of Public Works.
This change stems from the recent city council decision not to hire the proposed candidate for the post of director of public works. The position has been vacant for over five years now, so that is another avenue we take to try to get someone to take on the responsibilities of that position.
One of the main concerns of the Board when deciding whether or not to hire the candidate was the lack of direct public works experience. Several city councilors mentioned that they would prefer there to be an assistant position to hire him instead, a position with slightly reduced responsibilities that would give city employees time to assess whether they would be suitable. well at the post of director.
âI was at that meeting, and some of the comments were that this position didn’t really qualify as an assistant position, so it’s to fix that,â said Brent Cooley, chair of the staff committee.
The closest thing the city had to a direct public works assistant was an engineer assistant, but the job lacked the oversight authority the post would need to be fully effective.
The proposed change would not create a Public Works Assistant position, but instead would change the job title to Assistant Director of Public Works and update responsibilities to include some oversight roles.
âI think it facilitates the requests of city councilors. An assistant position to hire someone instead of hiring them directly, âCooley said.
After the decision to make the proposed changes was passed unanimously, the last change the committee had to vote on was to change other job descriptions to report to the Deputy Director of Public Works. This would allow the position to assume responsibilities in the absence of a director of public works. This change was approved unanimously.
The notable changes in the job description from Assistant Engineer to Assistant Director of Public Works can be read below:
Meet with members of the public to discuss issues related to utility operations.
Assists in the development of general policies for the expansion, operation, replacement and maintenance of facilities.
Performs the duties of the Director of Public Works in his absence.
Addition of supervisory responsibilities:
Under the direction of the Director of Public Works, the Deputy Director of Public Works will oversee all sectors / employees of the Ministry of Public Works and the Director of the Airport.
Changed education and / or experience requirements:
Passed a high school diploma and two years of graduate study or specialized training as a requirement for a college diploma.
Changed the requirement from five years of experience in drawing, engineering, construction or related fields to three to four years of work experience, preferably in the field of public works.
Addition of a requirement of at least two years of supervisory experience.