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|04-03-03: Celina officials looking to fill
|By SEAN RICE
The Daily Standard
City officials plan to begin advertising today for a director of
administrative services to succeed Dave Schmidt, who retires in mid-May.
The personnel and finance committee of Celina City Council met at noon
Wednesday to discuss hiring a replacement and the needed qualifications for the job, which
has a starting salary in the range of $45,000 to $52,000 annually.
City administration has a plan to keep the names of the applicants out
of public view by utilizing a personnel firm kept on retainer for contract negotiations
and other employee issues that arise.
Safety Service Director Mike Sovinski told the committee that
applicants will contact the firm Clemens/Nelson & Associates of Lima directly, not the
city. The firm will collect the applications during a two or three week period, then
evaluate the group applications and resumes for qualities outlined in the job description
for another couple weeks. At that point, the firm will supply the city with a short list
of the top applicants, only identified by number.
When the anonymous list is whittled down to three by city officials,
then the names will be furnished to the city and become public information.
When asked by a councilor, Sovinski said no one in the city will know
who the applicants are until the final stages.
"We would be picking on qualifications not names," Sovinski
When the whole process is done, a new person will be ready to take the
job shortly after Schmidt leaves, Sovinski said.
Some of the three committee members and two visiting councilors in
attendance questioned the purpose of keeping the names confidential and waiting to hold
personal interviews until the end.
Sovinski said the job seeks a highly qualified individual with
management experience, and he feels the job description and application process is
detailed enough to allow the list of applicants to be narrowed down to three. The list is
best kept confidential to not risk having a qualified individual not apply because of the
public exposure, which could hurt their current positions, he added.
"It ensures us that a highly qualified person would not be
reluctant to apply in fear of losing their job," Sovinski said.
The position's qualification list was updated Wednesday to be much like
the safety-service director's qualities. The city seeks an individual with a bachelor's
degree in business management or related degree with five years experience in management
or a combination of education training and experience.
Councilor Angie King asked that another meeting be scheduled to discuss
remaining unresolved issues with the community development department. At the beginning of
the meeting, committee member Denny Smith said that Schmidt's position and the community
development director's position were on the agenda for discussion, but the topic was never
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