When the idea of City Administrator Rick Childers having an assistant first came up, a job description was put together for the position.

In August 2011, Childers and Mayor Ron Blum brought the matter to the board of aldermen. At the time, the hope was to add the position in 2012 and place money in the general fund to cover it.

The position ended up being cut at that time, and it also was not included in this year’s budget. However, St. Clair’s four aldermen now have approved the position for 2014 and beyond.

When the job was discussed in 2011, it was stated that the assistant city administrator would be responsible to carry out daily administrative duties and conduct research on complex personnel and organizational issues affecting the city.

“We have almost no backup on most positions,” Childers told The Missourian at the time. “That makes it tough to have people step into roles when others are gone. We just don’t have the personnel who can fill backup roles. That’s one piece of it.”

He continued.

“Also, the city clerk position is a full-time job in itself, but that person also is our accounts payable and payroll clerk. Our building inspector job also is full time and he has other duties. We just need to add a body to ensure that all jobs get done that need to be done.”

Under principal duties and responsibilities as outlined in the original job description, the assistant city administrator would:

•Perform accounts payable functions, to include payroll, under the direction of the city clerk.

•Manage all employee benefit programs under direction of the city clerk and handle questions and issues regarding coverage and policies.

•Manage the city’s safety and loss-control programs, serving as the safety officer.

•Participate in long-range financial and capital improvement planning and implementation of capital projects.

•Represent the city as required at local, state and federal governmental or organizational meetings.

•Assist the city administrator in overall operation and management of city activities.

•Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Also, it was stated that the individual hired needs to have a bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, finance, accounting or a related field with a minimum of five years of direct experience in local government operations, personal management, municipal finance or a related field.

A master’s degree in one of the above areas is preferred.

Childers’ original job description for the assistant stated that the position requires the ability to attain and effectively use knowledge of local government structures and operations, public financial management, computer technology, public personnel management, workplace safety and loss control.

Currently, no municipality in Franklin County has an assistant city administrator.