Town of Truckee adding more staff |

Town of Truckee adding more staff

While growth has been a regular phenomena around town recently, the Town of Truckee is beginning to see growth on a new frontier, with the addition of new staff positions.

In the Town Council meeting on March 15, the council voted unanimously to add an accounting manager, a position that Administrative Service Director Jill Olsen said is three years overdue, to its official staff registry.

In their meeting scheduled for tonight at 6 p.m., Town Council will again look at increasing its staff but may reorganize responsibilities of the public works director and the town engineer into one position.

“We looked at the function (the public works director) was performing … and we saw overlap between what he did and the town engineer,” said Stephen L. Wright, Truckee’s town manager.

If the two department head positions are combined, Wright recommended to the council the creation of two additional staff positions, an assistant to the town manager and a senior civil engineer.

The senior civil engineer would take on many of the miscellaneous tasks previously held by the town engineer, and would assist with the increasing demand for engineering services from the town.

“Because of the amount of development activity there is a need for enhancing engineering.” Wright said.

The creation of an assistant to the town manager would be a department head position designed to oversee managerial duties which don’t require as much engineering involvement.

“It is clearly a catch-all position,” Wright said.

According to the staff report, the town engineer was responsible for much more than engineering activity, such as managing solid waste activities including coordination of grant administration, franchise activities with Nevada County, the franchise hauler, and providing staff support to the Citizens Waste Management Advisory Committee.

Public improvements and maintenance in the public rights-of-way were also joint responsibilities between the town engineer and the public works director.

Under staff’s proposed reorganization, the functions of solid waste, transit, facilities maintenance/management and safety would all be transferred to the assistant to the town manager position. Road maintenance, snow removal and fleet maintenance – previously the responsibility of the public works director – would be transferred to the list of responsibilities handled by the new town engineer/public works director.

Staff has recommended the maximum salary for the town engineer/public works director at $8,861 per month. Recommended maximum salary for the assistant to the town manager is $7,804.

Tom Covey, the former public works director, left the Town of Truckee for Southern California earlier this year.

Wright said Covey decided to leave of his own accord.

“He gave notice and took off … He got another job in the private sector. Tom selected that position,” Wright said.

Covey worked under Wright for several years when the two worked for the City of Bear Lake in the San Gabriel mountains in Southern California.

The Town Council meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10183 Truckee Airport Road. For more information, call 582-7700.

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