BRITT | Although Shell Anderson is no longer Britt’s city administrator/clerk, she will maintain some of her old responsibilities until her successor is hired.
That’s what the Britt City Council decided on Tuesday, Oct. 17, during its regular meeting after Deputy Clerk Darcy Eisenman sent an email to council members voicing concern about covering some of the city clerk/administrator duties, like bank reconciliation and payroll, in the interim.
“We don’t want you to have to take on things you don’t feel comfortable doing,” said Ryan Arndorfer, Britt mayor.
With Eisenman’s concerns in mind, the city council voted to hire Anderson, who submitted her letter of resignation last month effective Oct. 26, on a part-time basis to complete payroll and bank reconciliation for $20 an hour.
“I don’t anticipate it being a lot of hours,” she said, estimating about 10 to 15 hours a month until a new city administrator/clerk is hired.
Anderson will also be available to answer questions for Eisenman and the council as well as train the new hire.
The council also discussed compensating Eisenman for the additional work she’ll inevitably encounter due to the vacancy in city staff.
“I’m not saying you don’t deserve something for the extra work, I think it’s just hard to determine what that is,” Arndorfer said.
Eisenman said she didn’t feel appreciated during the city’s last transition a few years ago, so she wanted the council to know her concerns before Anderson left.
The city has received 10 applications for the city administrator/clerk position, Anderson said Thursday, Oct. 26 — two days after the application deadline.
An email to Arndorfer seeking a timeline for the city administrator/clerk hire was not returned before publication, but the city council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7.