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Medina panel to reconsider full-time economic position

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MEDINA — Some City Council members are having second thoughts about making the city’s economic development and marketing associate position full time.

Kimberly Marshall, director of economic development, earlier this month asked council’s Finance Committee to make the associate position full time, with a bump in pay to $45,073.60 a year and a name change to assistant director of economic development and marketing. The part-time position pays about $32,678 a year.

The committee approved the proposal 5-2 on March 12, with Councilmen Jim Shields and Mark Kolesar voting against it. The full council was expected to discuss it Monday, but it was back on the finance agenda instead.

Councilman At-large Bill Lamb said Thursday he wants more discussion at the April 9 committee meeting on the job change as well as the full job descriptions for each position in the economic development department:

  • director, Marshall, full time;
  • planning administrative assistant, Sandy Davis, full time;
  • Barbara Dzur, part-time economic development and marketing associate.

“We need to do this right,” Lamb said. “I believe a detailed review of all three job descriptions is necessary to ensure council has a clear understanding of each position’s responsibilities in meeting the needs of the department.”

He recommends that the topic be removed from council’s agenda until such a review has been conducted.

The person in the proposed position, appointed by Mayor Dennis Hanwell, would perform a range of tasks, including the office’s major projects and initiatives, business assistance, resource development and marketing and writing news releases.

Hanwell previously said the economic department needs more help to capitalize on the positive economic momentum the city is experiencing.

Kolesar, however, suggested waiting until the city does its budget for 2018 before it adds another full-time employee.

“We need to take a step back and look at this,” he said. “The JEDD is another funding source to improve our economic status.”

The salary for the proposed position would be paid out of carryover funds, supplemented from the Economic Development JEDD Fund.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.



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