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News :: City hires interim coordinator; consultant to find replacement for Lent
· 10:58am August 26th, 2013
The Vinton City Council agreed to hire an interim city coordinator for $1,200 per week, beginning today, and to spend $12,000 on a consulting firm to help hire a new coordinator.
Mayor John Watson thanked Andy Lent for his service to Vinton for the past several years. Lent is leaving Vinton to take a similar position in the city of Carlisle, south of Des Moines.
“You’ve taught me a lot,” Watson said.
The city will pay consultant Jeffrey Horne $1,200 per week on a contract basis to be the full-time coordinator until a full-time coordinator is hired.
The council vote on hiring Horne was 4-2. Members Dave Redlinger, Keith Elwick, Ron Hessenius and Tami Stark voted yes; Chris Bendull and Bud Maynard voted no. During the interview process city leaders has discussed Horne’s employment history; he was asked to resign from his last job as Clinton City Coordinator. See that story HERE.
The council will pay Callahan Municipal Consultants, owned by Patrick Callahan of Anamosa, $12,000 to guide the city as it hires a new coordinator.
Councilman Redlinger called the $12,000 an investment, saying that hiring the wrong person could cost the city much more in the long run. Maynard said that a few people have complained about the expense, but when he asked those people if they would be willing to serve on a committee to oversee the hiring process, they said no.
A reception honoring Lent will take place the afternoon Sept. 4, at city hall.
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