WARNER ROBINS -- Warner Robins City Council made a second attempt Tuesday at deciding how to split responsibilities of a now-retired department director who had accumulated several positions duties over the years.
City Council decided at its regular meeting not to vote on an ordinance that would have created a procurement position. The council did a first reading instead, and will read it a second time and vote at their next meeting.
The citys purchasing department director, Mark Baker, took the early retirement option offered this year. Hed worked for the city 28 years. His salary was $71,155.
Over the years, Bakers position extended past managing the purchases for the citys departments. He was also managing in-house projects and monitoring projects from the special purposes local option sales taxes.
City Council agrees Bakers duties cannot pass to his successor because she doesnt earn his tenured salary.
Mayor Chuck Shaheen and Councilman Daron Lee proposed Tuesday the city add a procurement manager to monitor projects, including unfinished 2001 and 2006 SPLOST projects.
The reason why theyre not done is because we dont have anyone monitoring them, Lee said, adding his district has the most unfinished projects. Councilman Mike Brashear agreed with the idea.
However, council members Mike Davis, Mike Daley and Carolyn Robbins opposed it during the precouncil meeting. As it stands now, Councilman Paul Shealy would be the deciding vote. He didnt weigh in at the meetings.
The opposing council members said they think the best solution right now is to require better communication between department heads, who need to be responsible in monitoring the SPLOST projects under their purview.
Until we get all the communication problems worked out, Im not going to approve a new position, Davis said at the regular meeting.
Also at Tuesdays meeting, City Council unanimously approved 15 promotions in the Fire Department.
Chief Robert Singletary said the promotions were to fill positions left vacant when 11 employees retired this year.
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