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Evansville City Council debates hiring assistant

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – In the City of Evansville’s Monday 2023 budget proposal, a new full-time position was mentioned as a possibility for next year. Some members of the Evansville City Council say that with all the many hours of their daily lives they devote to helping meet the needs of their constituents, extra help may be needed.

Council Chairman Zac Heronemus said: “For some of us councilors who have full-time jobs, it’s often a difficult task for us to continue to stay on top of what needs to be done. day by day.”

The position would be to assist the council with research and act as a liaison between department heads.

“We don’t have any staff who do the paperwork for us in terms of research and data collection,” says board member Ron Beane.

However, some council members say they don’t feel like they need this extra assistant.

“Our job is part-time to begin with,” says Councilman Jonathan Weaver. “As someone who was finance chair for a few years and a real estate agent who is 100% commission, and the same with Missy Mosby, we have no problem balancing that and we don’t think the assistant advice at this stage of it takes time. »

Councilwoman Missy Mosby agreed. “This is my fourth term and it’s been a very hectic job,” Mosby said. “And there’s a lot of things that you know we’re asked to do as members of city council, but you knew that when you put your name on the ballot. You knew this job required a lot of time and effort.

During the budget proposal, there was some confusion between the board for whom the assistant would actually work. Initially, it looked like the assistant would only be available for leadership roles, which was a concern for some board members.

“I think it’s important that whoever fills this position is available to all board members and not just management,” says Beane.

But Councilor Heronemus this detail was ironed out between the Council.

“Obviously they will be available to all councilors because they meet all the needs that the people of Evansville really need.”

Still, some say the extra expense for a full-time salary could be used elsewhere.

“I wish I had that $37,000 plus all the extra perks, probably around $50,000, and put that in city parks,” Mosby says. “It would be much better spent there.”

The position is still being discussed among board members and will be decided upon when the budget proposal is finalized later in the fall.

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