City moves to fill post as deputy city clerk prepares to leave
February 9, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
City officials will launch a search for a new clerk after Deputy City Clerk Randy Reed steps down within the next few weeks.
Reed accepted the city clerk post in Sedona, Ariz., and will start there in early March. Meanwhile, Issaquah officials will put out a call for candidates.
Mayor Ava Frisinger said the city is almost certain to fill the position due to the workload handled by the clerk and the deputy. The weak economy and budget constraints have limited hiring for municipal positions for more than a year.Because the city initiated a hiring freeze last year, City Clerk Tina Eggers must make a request to the mayor to fill the vacancy. If Frisinger determines the position is necessary, she will approve the request to hire a new clerk.
“It’s very evident that is a job that can’t be left vacant,” the mayor said.
The deputy clerk works alongside Eggers to prepare legislation for review by the City Council and distribute information to council members. The deputy city clerk also handles scheduling duties, and helps process city contracts.
Frisinger said officials plan to consider current city employees, as well as external applicants, for the post. The next deputy city clerk will earn between $49,100 and $65,800.
The mayor described Reed as “a really good person to work with,” and said she wants the next deputy to be “someone who can replicate Randy’s skills.”
“I think we have a mutual admiration society,” she added.
Reed started at City Hall in October 2007 after stints with the Medina municipal government and as a salesman for Granicus, a company that sells governments the technology to stream municipal meetings on the Web.
Although Reed praised colleagues and council members, he said he wanted to live in a sunnier, warmer climate. He also wants to live closer to family members in Colorado and Arizona.
Eggers said Reed would be missed for the expertise, dedication and customer service skills he brought to the role.
“I have never worked for a city where people feel so highly respected and so appreciated,” Reed said.