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4/10/2012 11:53:00 PM
City adds purchasing agent to the payroll
Marney Simon
Staff writer

The city of Braidwood has made another hire in the area of financial oversight.

On April 10, the members of the City Council approved the creation of a new position of purchasing agent within the administration. The city said the need for an additional employee in finances was necessary due to current and upcoming projects that can involve exchange of funds and additional paperwork.

"There was some recognition of the need for some financial oversight, for some of the different invoices, contracts and disbursements that go out," city attorney Scott Pyles explained, adding that the addition of a new TIF district has created some additional duties in the financial sector. "Given the complexity of a lot of different invoices and contracts coming through, that there [is] need for [an] additional city official for oversight on some of those items."

The establishment of a purchasing agent is allowed under the Illinois Municipal Code, for additional assistance and oversight with regard to contracts, economic growth and grant applications. Grant applications are currently listed as one of the duties of the city administrator. However, since Braidwood's administrator Rich Girot does double duty as Police Chief, that responsibility needs to be handed off at this time.

"In Coal City, the city has a full-time administrator there," Mayor Bill Rulien explained. "We don't have a paid administrator here ... We need somebody here to help with the possibility of getting something with grants. So that's one of the main reasons we're doing this."

The purchasing agent will perform duties related to bids, tax revenues and economic growth. Rulien said the position will help to cover some of the job duties that were formerly done by the city finance director, a position abolished by the council last year.

"This is to help cover that gap," Rulien said. "We have a treasurer which we don't pay, we're kind of cheaper, but we're trying to get the job done."

After approving the creation of the position, the council then approved the appointment of Mary Beth Pressley to the post. Pressley is the widow of the late Mayor Jerry Pressley, who ran an auto detailing and sales shop in town. Rulien said Pressley had experience with that company in administrative work and bookkeeping. Pressley has also been working part-time in the administration offices at City Hall.

While Rulien said that Pressley did not have much experience in grant writing, he said he was confident in her ability to perform the duties of the job.

"She's been a manager for many years, she's also been a bookkeeper, so we felt that she'd been a perfect person for the job."

Rulien also noted that since the departure of former city clerk Pat McGuire, there was a position open within the administrative section of the city. So the hiring of Pressley as purchasing agent will not increase the number of employees, and salaries will likely be less.

The purchasing agent is a full-time position. Rulien said salary and benefits were still being negotiated.

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