Council bringing back city position

Posted: November 9, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — City Council members met in an emergency executive session on Friday before emerging to vote to fill a long-vacant position.

 

After an 80-minute discussion behind closed doors, the councilors voted 6-1 to un-freeze and fill the assistant director of administration position.

The former director of administration position has a new title: human resources director.

 

President John Willingham, Mayor Elizabeth Minor, Vice President Milt McInturff, Vice-Mayor Les Veach and Councilors John Hill, John Tagnesi and Ben Weber voted for the motion to fund and fill the post.

 

Vice-Mayor Les Veach cast the lone vote against the motion. Councilors Jeffrey Buettner and Evan Clark were absent from the meeting, which was announced at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

 

When asked why the move was made after an emergency meeting, Willingham’s only response was that it was a “personnel matter.”

 

The assistant’s position has been vacant since April 2011, when Josh Didawick left the post to become Staunton’s director of human resources.

 

At the time of his departure, Didawick was the interim department head. He had handled those responsibilities since department director Sharen Gromling was forced to resign in 2009.

 

The salary range for the assistant’s position is $55,286 to $88,462.

 

The city’s human resources director position also has been vacant since August. At that time, former department head Joel Davis left for a position in the Richmond office of Springsted Inc., a management consulting firm based in St. Paul, Minn.

 

Attending the meeting in Rouss City Hall were President John Willingham, Mayor Elizabeth Minor, Vice President Milt McInturff, Vice-Mayor Les Veach and Councilors John Hill, John Tagnesi and Ben Weber.

 

— Contact Vic Bradshaw at vbradshaw@winchesterstar.com