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City considers options for filling city center job

The city of Glencoe’s finance and strategic planning committee met Wednesday, March 23, to discuss the city center event coordinator position.
Hannah Huttner-Hallahan resigned from the position and the resignation was accepted at the City Council meeting on March 21.
City Administrator Mark Larson said the city can look at combining the coordinator opening with economic development responsibilities.
Currently, the city contracts with the Glencoe Chamber of Commerce for about 12 hours a week of economic development service, but Larson said the city hasn’t been getting its money’s worth in the past. With the opening at the Chamber, Larson said now is a good time to end the contract and merge the responsibilities into the coordinator position.
This new position would be an assistant city administrator or assistant to the city administrator, Larson said. The responsibilities will include development, communications, marketing and managing the city center.
Currently, the coordinator position has a salary of about $48,000. The city pays $25,520 to the chamber for its economic development services. With these numbers, Larson suggested a salary of between $50,000 and the lower end of $60,000.
With this salary, Larson said the city would still have money left over for a part-time employee to take on some of the smaller tasks of the coordinator that will not fit with an assistant administrator job, like setting up for events.
Mayor Randy Wilson said the city needs to make sure the position emphasizes the importance of the economic development aspect and the idea that the position would need to be proactive in that development. Larson said the candidate would be expected to become certified in economic development after being hired.

For more, see the March 30 print edition of The Chronicle.