The Gering Personnel Committee Thursday recommended to the city council that a water and wastewater supervisor position be created to alleviate some of the responsibilities of Public Works Director Pat Heath.
Heath told KNEB News said he approached City Administrator Lane Danielzuk about the fact he is in charge of too much and doesn’t have the time to manage the day to day operations of the two departments.
Heath is currently in charge of not only water and wastewater but the building and grounds division of the city. In addition, as Director of Public Works, Heath is currently working on the city’s plan in response to new federal stormwater regulations and is usually assisting other departments, the city administrator and city engineer with various tasks.
Heath says the plan is to promote someone within his department at an additional $10,000 cost annually beginning at the start of the fiscal year. Heath said the person would continue to work on a crew during the day, but would be allowed to break away to handle any management responsibilities.