Councilors OK Interim SSD

ST. MARYS — St. Marys City Councilors put in a little work on Monday.

Councilors approved, under suspension of rules, an emergency ordinance approving the appointment of Craig Moeller as the city’s interim safety-service director. The measure also waived the requirement for Moeller to be a licensed professional engineer, which is a requirement under the city’s codified ordinances when it comes to the safety-service director position. However, City Law Director Kraig Noble noted waiving the requirement has been done in the past.

“Council has to waive the requirement,” Noble said, noting the requirement was waived for Mike Weadock and Stan Davis.

“Basically, all this ordinance does is waive the qualification for the safety-service director of being a licensed engineer and sets a salary as long as Craig Moeller is serving in that capacity.”

Moeller is set to receive an additional stipend while he is interim safety-service director. Noble said it is based on the difference between former Safety-Service Director Tom Hitchcock’s outgoing salary and Moeller’s current salary as engineer superintendent.

“That $350 is essentially the difference,” Noble said. “There will be a slight cost savings to the city over the next three or four months.”

Mayor Pat McGowan said he plans to start the interview process in the coming days.

“Right now we have three outstanding resumes in-house,” McGowan said. “We’ll start probably interviewing the end of next week or the following week for sure. There are some very, very qualified people.”

McGowan said once a decision is made on a permanent safety-service director, he expected it to take up to two months before that person could start work.

Moeller told The Evening Leader he is excited about the challenge.

“It feels good to be selected,” Moeller said after the meeting. “I consider it an honor to work in that position for temporary status.”

Moeller said his experience in the engineering department should help him in the interim position because he knows a little about how the city operates.

“I am looking forward to working with the community a little closer,” Moeller said. “Obviously the community does come down to us a bit and we answer a lot of questions from them and I think this will give me a little further depth in terms of working with the community.”

Moeller said he has yet to submit his application for the permanent safety-service director position. He noted the deadline is on Friday.

Councilors entered executive session to discuss compensation of a public employee. No action was taken when councilors reconvened in regular session.

The next meeting of the St. Marys City Council is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the city building located along East Spring Street.