Mayor-elect to announce personnel changes

Posted: Apr. 28, 2013 12:49 am Updated: May. 12, 2013 1:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Mayor-elect Kyle Moore said he plans to announce some personnel changes this week, with those appointments to go before the Quincy City Council for approval on May 6, his first day in office.

Chief among those is the next director of administrative services, formerly called deputy mayor. Moore has not revealed his choice, but fellow 3rd Ward Alderman Paul Havermale is considered the leading candidate.

Current Director of Administrative Services Gary Sparks, who has served in that capacity for mayors Chuck Scholz and John Spring, is expected to retire.

Moore did say that the next person to fill that post will also assume the duties of director of purchasing. Comptroller Ann Scott has served in that capacity since Dave Hummel took advantage of an early retirement incentive plan introduced by the city in 2009.

"I feel that the director of administrative services deals every day with the department heads and will be best suited for the purchasing director," Moore said.

Moore said whoever is appointed to that post will not receive an extra stipend for the additional responsibilities. Hummel had a salary of $75,076 during his final year.

Moore said he will make personnel announcements before the City Council's agenda is released Friday afternoon.

He did not say whether he will nominate anyone to replace Scott or City Engineer Jeff Steinkamp, who were both told last week they will not be retained.

Steinkamp also served as airport director for the past 15 months, an arrangement Moore said will not continue.

"We might be looking for a supervisor (at the airport)," Moore said. "It's hard to manage employees from six miles away off site. We don't have a definite structure in place, but we should in the next couple of weeks."

Scott's annual salary is $88,369. Steinkamp's annual salary is $93,969, with a quarterly stipend of $1,400 for serving as interim airport director.

Moore said Sheri Ray will serve as interim comptroller and Marty Wagner as interim engineer while replacements are sought.

Doug Olson is expected to continue as director of human resources and Marty Stegeman is expected to stay on as director of Central Services and Quincy Transit Lines. Chuck Bevelheimer also is expected to be retained as the city's director of planning and development.

Quincy attorney Lonnie Dunn is expected to be nominated for corporation counsel.

All department heads serve at the pleasure of the mayor, with approval from the City Council. The city code calls for the comptroller to be a four-year appointment, but it specifies no terms for other department heads.

Also to be sworn in May 6 are City Treasurer Peggy Crim and City Clerk Jenny Hayden, both Democrats. Crim easily won a fourth term on April 9, and Hayden was unopposed in seeking a third full four-year term.

Seven aldermen also will be sworn in, including Republican Jared Holbrook, who will replace Moore in the 3rd Ward. Six incumbents also were re-elected. Republicans will retain a 10-4 majority on the council.

Assessor Roy Points and new Township Supervisor Cindy Brink also will be sworn in.