MPR City Council addresses need for an update
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 by Jenna Magness
The Morgan's Point city council met on Tuesday night to discuss updated job descriptions and organizational charts. Heads of the police, water and maintenance departments joined the council so they could provide input about their own job descriptions.
"We've had a number of changes through growth and other things in our community so it was important to have a current set of job descriptions for the positions we have at this time," said City Manager David Huseman. "It's very important for the employees of what our expectations, both mine and the city council's, are. Tonight was a workshop to go over those job descriptions, talk about the organizational structure and develop what we feel is the best fit for the community at this time."
The descriptions spell out what the job is, what the responsibilities are and their requirements. Some recent changes include job experience, ability to handle certain equipment and having at least a high school diploma to work.
Qualifications for these jobs differ with each department. For the police, it was stated that the code enforcement official will perform dispatching duties and must be a citizen of United States. To become a licensed officer, the official will go to a three-day training. The code enforcement official also will act as an animal control.
The other department employees must have, at least, a Class B license, be able to help with traffic control and can lift 80 pounds or more. The water department should be trained to operate a pool.
The council's goal is to accept these new requirements into their code of ordinance. This will mean people with these job positions must meet the new standards.
"We will have another workshop on this," said Mayor Jared Bryan. "When we approve these new job descriptions and institute the pay increases they will be retroactive in whatever rate they were set out. It's on the table to happen."
Huseman will be making these changes after they are officially approved.
"We made a lot of progress with moving forward where we are today as a community, and where the city council wants us to go in the future. They did a great job," he said.