Lewisburg is calling for applications from qualified professionals to be the city's next stormwater management officer, a position of considerable importance since the city faces an order for compliance with federal regulations to control soil erosion and water pollution.
The city's new industrial development director, Greg Lowe, was promoted from his environmental oversight duties, although he's continued to provide such services, as well as be available to address planning, zoning and city codes issues that he's dealt with during the past four years.
Lowe has continued to respond to the duties in all three jobs so his successor won't have a backlog of work to face immediately, he said Thursday.
For at least a month, city councilmen have been discussing the need to hire someone to assume those duties, acknowledging advice from former City Manager Eddie Fuller that the three jobs would be too much for one person.
Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at City Hall. Lewisburg's charter assigns hiring and firing responsibilities to the city manager, but it's been recognized that without a manager, the mayor may make such decisions with advice and consent from the council.
Mayor Barbara Woods has indicated a preference to have the council hire a city manager and then have the new manager hire the codes and stormwater director.
Lowe was hired as a codes enforcement officer as he was leaving the newspaper business. He's a former editor of the Marshall County Tribune. On July 8, he succeeded Corey Pleas as stormwater coordinator, a position that has been important because of civil penalties and state mandates. In an economy move, the codes and stormwater jobs were merged.
No salary amount has been stated in the legal notice announcing the opening. The city's announcement says the salary depends on qualifications.
The employee would be responsible to the city manager, but must work independently with others. Job functions include technical work in the enforcement of planning and zoning, codes and stormwater management. The successful applicant must obtain a stormwater certification from the state within a year of their employment. A high school diploma is required. College studies or related work experience are preferred.