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Yelm’s council to interview Position No. 4 applicants Tuesday

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Yelm Council interviews Position 4 applicants on May 11th

At the Yelm City Council session of May 11, each applicant for the vacated council Position 4 “will be given three to five minutes to address Council and present their credentials. The City Council will follow up with any additional questions they have,” quoting the Yelm city council agenda. Read more

Click here to review the 10 council applicants, start on page 36.

Posted by Steve on May 7, 2021 at 12:31 am | Permalink

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  1. Hi Steve,

    Wouldn’t a more appropriate title be Yelm’s council argues over how to interview and select a new applicant for the third time around? Or why the mayor continues to employ Michael Grayum through the hiring of a 3rd Finance Director, 3rd Public Works Director, And now a new Planning and Building Manager which given the current job posting must be replacing Grant Beck the Community Development Director? If statistics state that turnover cost 1.5 times the employees salary how can this be an effective management strategy? Why are so many high level employees “leaving for new employment”. This really makes me wonder about Joe Wolfes statement of a “toxic work environment” stated back in June of 2019. Has anyone asked other employees how they feel about going to work everyday? Is Michael Grayum fostering a negative environment and pushing employees out?

    Comment by James Griffin on May 8, 2021 at 2:23 am

  2. I agree with you, Mr. Griffin, these are all excellent questions. Additionally, on February 23, 2021, announced at the council meeting was that Yelm ‘s Community Development Director Grant Beck was to retire this summer after almost 20 years in the position. An effective administrator would have had immediately posted this open position set this August, seeking a qualified replacement to work with Beck for at least a month before he departs. That never occurs here, why? To this day, the city has still not posted the coming vacancy for this key department head spot.
    The toxic work environment under former Mayor Ron Harding carried over into Foster’s term and was finally mitigated by city hall employees unionizing, approved by the council in November 2016.
    And last, I suggest some of the people the city has hired are not suited for the positions, being in jobs way above their experience levels, hence this frequent turn-over.

    Comment by Steve on May 8, 2021 at 8:56 am

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