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New face in the city manager’s office

Beth M. Brown has been hired by the city as a special assistant to the city manager who will work on grant-writing and public information.


She is a former contract evaluator for the Department of Homeland Security who has also worked as a freelance technical writer.


Brown’s position was originally approved in the 2006 city budget as a full-time grants coordinator in the manager’s office with a salary in the area of $47,415.


At City Council’s retreat last fall, City Manager Phillip Rodenberg said he had had trouble filling the position, and wanted to reclassify it as a special assistant to the manager with a base salary of around $50,000. This person would work on public information and grants, and would help coordinate some of the various projects (like planning the downtown riverfront and making downtown more business-friendly) that the council wants to launch into over the next few years.


At the retreat, some council members, including Debby Girvan and Marv Dixon, worried about whether adding to the city’s management staff right now would leave less money in the pot to beef up other departments, like Building and Development Services, where council members have said they want to step up the city’s maintenance inspection capabilities.


But the council gave Rodenberg the nod to reclassify the position. Brown started in her position Feb. 15. Before that, she had helped rewrite several procedural manuals for the fire department.


Read the press release here.