Council keeps human services coordinator

April 13, 2010

By Staff

City Human Services Coordinator Steve Gierke will remain on the job, the City Council decided last week.

The council authorized $23,250 to fund the position, as well as a recording secretary to attend city Human Services Commission meetings, through December. Gierke, as a consultant contracted by the city rather than a full-time employee, does not receive city benefits.

Gierke oversees a broad human services portfolio — the council funds 31 agencies and 37 programs — and serves as the liaison to the Human Services Commission.

Officials ordered a study last fall to determine if the city needed a human services coordinator, or if other city employees could pick up the tasks. The council agreed to spend $10,000 to fund the position through early 2010.

The study determined the tasks assigned to Gierke could not be reassigned to other staffers. Officials cut the municipal workforce by 10 percent last year though layoffs, a hiring freeze and a severance program.

Mayor Ava Frisinger and council members will decide whether to fund the human services position for 2011 when the budget process starts in October.

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