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CITY APPOINTMENTS 9-1-10 LMS

Two long time city employees have accepted new roles and new job descriptions.

At its September 1st meeting the City Council approved the appointment of Police Department Sergeant K.V. Felker to the office of Police Chief. Felker has been with the department for 15 years and has been serving as interim Police Chief for the past three months and he acted as interim Police Chief in 2003.

Deputy City Clerk Mary Benton has also been with the city for 15 years and has now been named City Clerk. The job title was changed to reflect city job description changes made by the council. The full council unanimously approved Felker’s appointment and five of the six councilmen approved Benton’s appointment. Jim Kluesner cast the dissenting vote.

In the past the City Administrator was also the City Clerk however the council has now rewritten the job description and divided City Clerk/Administrator into two separate positions.

The changes are being made by way of Ordinance 10-767 which amends the Salmon City Code and officially changes the appointed office of Clerk/Administrator to Clerk. It also lists duties and responsibilities expected, by law, of the Clerk. The first reading of the ordinance was passed unanimously.

City Administrator George Ambrose is now working on a part time, as needed basis at an hourly pay rate and will be mainly involved with administrative duties as well as some city projects.

At its August 31st meeting, the City Finance Committee recommended the two appointments and the related salaries of $50,000 per year for City Clerk and $54,739.25 per year for Police Chief.

On September 1st, following approval of the Benton and Felker appointments and a report from the City Finance Committee, the council officially approved the committee’s recommended salary for each.

It is estimated that redefining the job descriptions and redirecting duties will save the city around $26,000 per year.


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