Crestview city council mulls potential administrative assistant to solve 'deficient' structure

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 05:33 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The City Council has a number of ideas for inclusion in the 2014-15 fiscal budget.

Councilman Shannon Hayes has recommended 1 to 3 percent city employee raises.

Councilman Tom Gordon has suggested implementing a system to stream and store live video feeds from council meetings.

However, another of Gordon's suggestions — hiring a council administrative assistant — has generated the most discussion.

The support position is not new; an Administrative Services director previously filled the position, he said. Upon that employee's 2012 retirement, the city clerk's office assumed his responsibilities, forcing Betsy Roy to handle responsibilities not delegated by city charter.

"That's been on my mind since day one," Councilman Joe Blocker said during a council workshop on Monday. "I don't believe the clerk has the time or people to run this city."

The position's salary could be offset by a full-time assistant monitoring financial matters to eliminate wasteful spending, Gordon said.

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