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10/1/2018 10:03:00 AM
Bloomington looks to create 14 new positions at estimated $1.4 million annually

Kurt Christian, Herald-Times

Proposed changes to the 2019 city budget may create 14 new and repurposed jobs at an estimated total cost of nearly $1.4 million per year.

The city’s jobs board may soon include listings for a new data analyst, fire logistics officer, project engineer, social worker, parking services director, after-hours ambassador and more. The new positions are spread across a number of departments, as are the grade adjustments to existing positions and the increase to wages that contribute to that total. Bloomington’s first third-party compensation study in 20 years, special task force recommendations and organizational assessments all contributed to the proposed positions.

The city controller’s office is looking to hire a data analyst and manager to help make the city’s projects and other expenditures more cost-effective. If created by the budget and filled in 2019, the person with this job would lead the activities associated with next year’s budget cycle. As a new position, this employee’s salary and benefits — such as insurance and retirement benefits — is being estimated at a cost of $81,206 to the city, though it could be more or less depending on the salary settled on for the chosen candidate. The salary range for the position is between $42,254 and $67,607. 

Bloomington’s fire department has submitted its own request for a logistics officer. The position, paying a salary of between $37,609 and $60,175, would require the officer to purchase and distribute equipment within the fire department. Organizational duties associated with that position would help decontaminate and transport firefighters’ uniforms in-between runs. That means a logistics officer would inspect, repair and order equipment in the interest of safety at an estimated cost of $73,850 to the city.

The largest salary in the bunch would go toward hiring a project engineer in the city’s planning and transportation department. The position, which would address the city’s heavy workload for major projects, would pay between $46,479 and $83,662. The city is estimating the total cost of filling the job at $93,563.

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