The city currently uses a hiring committee – consisting of the mayor, two board members and the department head of the potential employee – when interviewing candidates for full-time jobs, but the practice is not a part of the city’s official hiring policy.
Alderman Mitchell Brazeal brought the issue before the board this week, saying it has worked well in previous years.
“It seems to work well and I think we ought to put that in the employee handbook so it will continue in future years,” Brazeal said. “I would also like to see what y’all think about making part-time employees go through the hiring process and reconfirming the aldermen on the committee each year.”
Board members were receptive to the idea and unanimously voted to make the hiring committee a policy for all full-time and permanent part-time employees.
“We’ve been practicing that but it’s never been formalized into a policy,” said Saltillo Mayor Bill Williams. “I think it works well to have two members in the process and when it comes time to make the recommendation to the full board, folks are better prepared.”
Currently, Alderwoman Jewell Webb and Alderman Scott Knight sit on the hiring committee.
Webb said the committee has been an opportunity to show department heads the city supports them and to stress to new hires that they will be representatives of the city.
The hiring committee will not apply to seasonal part-time hires like umpires and concession stand workers.