GENEVA – In a split vote Feb. 5, aldermen approved reestablishing the assistant city administrator position.
The position was previously held by the current City Administrator Stephanie Dawkins. She was promoted to that position when the previous administrator Mary McKittrick retired in June 2016.
Aldermen eliminated the position 18 months ago to save the city the cost of the $150,000 salary.
At a special Committee of the Whole meeting Jan. 30. 2017, Dawkins told the aldermen how difficult it was not to have an assistant as she was to McKittrick.
“The idea was to eliminate it from the budget and see how we do. I’ve got my head above water for eight months now,” Dawkins had said then. “But I’m starting to feel the toll. There are things that are being missed. Physically, I do not have the time to do it.”
Without further discussion, aldermen voted 7-3 to reinstate the position, with 2nd Ward Aldermen Donald Cummings Jr. and Richard Marks and 4th Ward Alderman Jim Radecki casting the no votes.
At a special Committee of the Whole meeting Jan. 29 this year, Dawkins said she was looking to fill the position as soon as she can – once aldermen approve it.
“It’s not about me, per se. It’s a value-added proposition,” Dawkins had said. “Do you see this as a value-added proposition to this organization. Either you do or you don’t.”
At the committee meeting, aldermen voted 6-2 with three absent in favor of reinstating the position.
Radecki had said then that he didn’t think the city could afford to reinstate the position.
First Ward Alderman Mike Bruno had said he did not agree with the decision to eliminate the position at the time.