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5 months and counting: City Administrator post still vacant


Mayor Ron Harding

– The City Administrator announced 8 months ago her job would be vacant –
and still no replacement!

* Yelm City Administrator Shelly Badger formally gave notice to resign on Friday, June 5.
* Badger set Tuesday, September 1, 2015 as her day last in this position.
* Late October 2015, the city officially posts the position, 4 1/2 months after Badger gave notice.
* After 5 months since the City Administrator post became officially vacant (September 1, 2015), the city still has not found a qualified applicant.

THIS IS PATHETIC.
THIS WOULD NOT HAPPEN IN OTHER CITIES!

If Mayor Harding were REALLY serious about getting this position filled with a qualified candidate, he would have already hired an Executive recruitment agency to locate talented applicants.

– WHY IS YELM NOT GETTING QUALIFIED APPLICANTS?
Qualified applicants would recognize some issues with City of Yelm management:
A. The city staff overwhelmingly voted to unionize after City Administrator Badger left. That can be indicative of a “toxic” work environment.
B. The unfilled positions and under-staffing in departments such as Public Safety and Public Works reflect issues from the top down, not the bottom up, because the city’s Department Heads have all expressed the need for more staffing, as did then-Council candidates in last Fall’s election.
C. The Yelm Mayor is paid $30,000 per year for his part-time services as chief executive, according to the Yelm Municipal Code (YMC), yet has been running the daily activities of the city for 5 months, which can be a warning sign to the well-trained applicant.
D. The Yelm Administrator is paid $104,000 – $125,000 per year for their full time services to “coordinate activities of all city departments,” which is a fair wage for this position. The city’s website for this position is blank, as Mr. Harding has said the duties are being re-evaluated. This can lead to the perception of job-function instability, which can add to qualified applicants hesitancy in applying.



– City Clerk retiring in October – this position needs to be posted now
City Clerk Janine Schlempf is retiring in October, so applicants for this position should be accepted now and a replacement hired by September 1 so the new person can train with her before she leaves, rather than waiting to post the position after she leaves and the new person gets no training, as was done with the City Administrator.


ANY EXPERIENCED MANAGER WOULD HAVE HAD THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR POST FILLED PRIOR TO BADGER’S DEPARTURE AND ALREADY POSTED THE CITY CLERK’S POSITION.

Posted by Steve on February 1, 2016 at 7:35 am | Permalink

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