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Council to consider eliminating a vacant position

Published: 2/5/13 @ 12:00


By David Skolnick

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

City council will meet Wednesday to vote on removing a vacant management job at the water department off the master salary list, and renaming other supervisory positions in that agency.

With the recent retirement of Joseph Martin as the department’s senior program analyst — in charge of billings and collections — and a new computer system, the job no longer is relevant, said Harry Johnson, water commissioner.

The job pays about $59,000 annually in base-pay salary.

Council is being asked by the city administration to eliminate the position.

Also, council is being asked to change the names of four other positions at the water department to better fit with what those employees do, Johnson said. Those employees will handle some of the work still needed that was done by the senior program analyst, Johnson said.

“These names are hold-overs from years ago and don’t reflect what they do,” he said.

What’s been called a turnkey supervisor for decades would be renamed collections supervisor, for example. The person holding that job years ago would go to businesses and residential homes that were not paying water bills and physically turn off the water. That person now oversees the process of getting delinquent accounts to pay the city, Johnson said.

Though the employees have new job titles, their salaries are remaining the same.