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City Council to Decide Hiring Committee Seats

Hyattsville leaders looking to move forward on a number of vacancies soon.

Hiring for a number of key city vacancies could hit a high pitch over the coming weeks, if members of Hyattsville's City Council figure out who sits on which hiring committee. 

At last week's meeting, city council members discussed the hiring process for four high-profile vacancies within the city administration; city administrator, city clerk, director of public works and chief information officer. From that discussion emerged a consensus to appoint two council members to interview committees set up for each position. 

But now, the city council must decide who sits on what hiring committee. That could be a tricky task. After last weeks meeting, six city council members expressed interest in sitting on the city administrator hiring committee. None expressed specific interest in sitting on the public works or chief information officer hiring committee. 

That disparity could mean that the city council would engage in either a draft or a raffle to determine who sits on which hiring committee. 

A memo distributed to city council members laid out two possible options for determining hiring committee seats. One option calls for each city council member to draw a number between one and 10, with the lower numbers getting first pick at committees assignments. A second option proposed in the memo calls for city council members to draw names out of a hat to determine committee assignments.

The Hyattsville city council meets at 8 p.m. at the Hyattsville Municipal Building on Gallatin Street. The meeting is broadcast on Hyattsville Community Television on Comcast channel 71 and Verizon channel 12.

Scurvy July 23, 2012 at 01:36 PM
The clowns on the Council will screw this up again. We are in sad times
Nan July 23, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Can anyone clarify what is going to be discussed regarding the community services director and code manager? I believe these positions were already approved.
Michael Theis July 23, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Hey Nan, I might be able to offer some insight. The City Council has a memo before it at tonight's meeting recommending that Abby Sandel be named the permanent Community Services Director and that Chris Giunta be named the permanent Code Manager. I am working on an article which goes a bit more in depth into that measure.
MJ July 23, 2012 at 10:30 PM
For Michael Theis - I have a question too: the public info officer position - that is a PR type position not IT, correct (I assume yes but just checking because one never knows these days)? I'm asking because I thought that Abby Sandel covered PR as well, and is supposed to continue that roll in her new job -- or will that change? I'm confused......which has nothing to do with your great reporting, if you get my "meanin'". And do you know if the council usually gets involved in staff hiring committees for anything other than City Administrator? That seems a little bit much to me. I wish they would focus their energy on filling the top key position and then let that person come in and hire their "own staff" so to speak. This is taking forever. Sorry about the comments as I ask you questions......can't help myself.

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