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Local Government

Elburn Village Board OKs temporary assistant position

ELBURN – The Elburn Village Board last week provided a green light for staff to seek a temporary position of part-time office assistant. The person hired will focus on utility billing.

Village Administrator Erin Willrett said the position was necessary because of an employee’s extended absence. Willrett called it a workers compensation situation. Other staff members have filled in, but she said help was necessary because “we’re missing things, and we’re struggling to keep our heads above water.”

Trustees were supportive of the hire, and the position has been posted at the village’s website. But there was discussion about whether the position would be permanent or temporary. Willrett at first suggested it could be a permanent new position, but some trustees balked at that.

Trustee Jeff Walter asked what the “net new work” would be. Willrett said there was no net new work, but that nobody was covering the work that needed to be done at this point. Walter said he understood that the new position would be necessary while the existing employee was out.

“But what happens when she comes back? … I don’t know why we need another position. I don’t see the need for it,” Walter said.

Ultimately, it was agreed that the position would be listed as a temporary position. Willrett said it would be less than 1,000 hours a year. The successful candidate will report to Doug Elder, the village’s finance director.

Willrett said the position is “not just data entry,” and that the village would be “looking for someone with municipal experience.” She said the position calls for “dealing with not-so-pleasant things,” as well as understanding the village’s software.

According to the job description of the website posting of the position, the office assistant position requires “the ability to work with angry or difficult customers,” as well as the “ability to work under pressure and/or frequent interruptions.”

The job posting calls for applicants to send in resumes no later than June 16. Salary was not discussed at the meeting, and the job posting states that “salary is dependent on qualifications.”

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