Apparently it’s going to take two people to fill Linda Reader’s shoes.
Earlier this year, Wellington North council chose not to renew Reader’s contract as the economic development officer. She remains as a township employee until the end of the month.
The only economic development committee members on hand to join the in-camera discussions were Ron Forrest and Al Rawlins. However, following the closed discussion regarding job descriptions, councillors recommended hiring two people – one to act as a business and economic manager and the other to be a tourism, marketing, and promotions manager.
Both are part-time positions based on 24 hours per week.
Each position comes with a salary range of $21.67 to $24.01 per hour.
Because the deadline for resumes is Jan. 5, Clerk Lori Heinbuch hopes the positions will be filled by the first or middle of February.
Mayor Mike Broomhead said the interviews for each position will be done separately by different groups. He said these two positions will act as a replacement for the former economic development officer position.
Broomhead said the two people will replace the positions previously held by Reader and Kelly Ballinger, which were full-time contract positions.
He then explained the new jobs are two-year contract positions, both of which would come under review after the first year.
Council had also considered a full-time position, however Broomhead said, “We just wanted to try something a little bit different. We found it was a pretty busy job for one person.”
The intent, he said, is to hire individuals who would be able to focus on certain areas.