Fulton Okays Combining Two Jobs Into One; Sets Budget Hearing Date

Fulton city lawmakers this week approved blending the jobs of City Clerk and City Chamberlain into one.

Current Chamberlain Jim Laboda will take the combined job.

No one spoke for or against the idea at a public hearing this week, which was the last item needed before the Common Council could approve the change.

The opportunity to blend the positions arose when longtime Clerk Joe Tetro retired.  Since then, Laboda has been doing the work of the City Clerk on a temporary basis, while the two offices and staffs were brought together.

Mayor Ron Woodward said that it is a growing trend in smaller municipal governments to merge the two jobs.  The Clerk is responsible for much of the city’s paperwork and permitting, while the Chamberlain takes care of the city’s finances.

Laboda will get a  $5,000 pay increase to take on the job.  Woodward said Laboda refused the city’s first offer of a $10,000 increase.  The change will save the city more than $50,000 in salary and benefits.

Aldermen also this week set the date for a public hearing on the proposed 2010 city budget.  The hearing will take place December 15.  A new budget must be in place by the end of the year.

The proposed budget carries no tax increase, though Woodward is warning that the 2011 budget is almost certain to require a tax hike to pay sharply higher costs for worker retirements.