Two full weeks before April Fools Day, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter’s “Team Dave” plans to make a sales pitch to increase staff size which will cost millions in taxpayer dollars in years to come, all because they have an extra $500,000 of citizen’s cash burning a hole in their pocket.
According to the BOISE WEEKLY, Team Dave claims the new positions are immediately necessary to be “responsive to operational needs” but “do not require additional spending authority” or additional funds added to the current Fiscal Year 2016 budget. Whaaaaat?
Of course there is no mention of the ongoing cost each year. These made up job titles would be a great April Fools joke, unfortunately they are all too real. Our favorite creation is the $134,000 position of “an internal consultant to City leadership on innovation, continuous improvement, strategic planning, data analysis and project management.” Whaaaaaat?
Another favorite is “Employee Culture Coordinator” to help foster “an atmosphere of employee engagement” We can’t tell if this is because city staffers need culture or they need to get married. Whaaaaat?
The positions and their accompanying annual salaries (which include benefits) are as follows:
Arts & History Department
Position: Cultural Assets/Conservation Program Assistant to help manage the city’s public art collection valued at nearly $5 million
Two Positions: Department Coordinator and Graphic Designer
Combined Salary: $186,000
Position: Employee Culture Coordinator to help foster “an atmosphere of employee engagement”
Position: Strategic Innovation and Performance Director to serve as “an internal consultant to City leadership on innovation, continuous improvement, strategic planning, data analysis and project management”
Parks and Recreation
Position: Open Space Restoration Specialist to support the city’s Open Space Reserve Management Plan
The pitch will be made at a city council work session Tuesday March 15 at 3:30 p.m..
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