The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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February 13, 2013

Village looks to revive post

Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — CRFS isn’t the only entity looking to add jobs in Medina.

The Village of Medina will advertising their interest in filling the long-vacant village coordinator position following a unanimous vote authorizing the action by the village board Monday.

Mayor Andrew Meier, who proposed the move, said that he hopes to have the full-time administrative post before the next village year begins in June.

The last time the position was filled was exactly 18 years ago, as Codes Enforcement/Coordinator Office Mark Watts resigned Feb. 13, 1995. Previous to Watts, three other officials — Frank Brigotas, Emerson Carlton and Joseph Romanowski — filled similar roles.

Meier said the new official will serve as the “full-time manager” of village operations, implementing village policies, overseeing municipal departments and performing duties that the village has contracted with outside agencies to provide.

”We’re trying a new model for day-to-day management of the village,” said Meier, who compared the role to a school superintendent. “This will centralize our operations and provide clear accountability.”

Meier expects the position to command a salary of between $70,000 to $80,000. He identified having a master’s degree in public administration and five years of experience as requirements for applicants.

The move comes as village and town officials continue to meet for ideas for sharing services and reduced costs; an effort that has been as slow moving as the village’s efforts to push forward a study on municipal dissolution.

Meier asserted that this move is independent of those movements. It is timed to coincide with retirements in the village clerk’s office.

”It’s a need, either way,” Meier said. “I don’t see this as being related (to the town negotiations).”

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