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New hire receives initial support

Weigel: More info needed on assistant manager’s duties

WEIRTON — Weirton Council, on Monday, moved forward with a proposal which would see the designation of an assistant city manager post in the municipal administration.

Council voted 6-1 on the first reading of an ordinance to amend the city’s salary regulations establishing the position with a salary of between $50,000 and $58,000.

Ward 5 Councilwoman Flora Perrone noted City Manager Joe DiBartolomeo is taking a more active role in economic development for the city, and having an assistant manager would allow him to attend events outside of Weirton.

“This will allow him the freedom to push Weirton forward,” Perrone said.

The proposal did not go without questions, though.

Ward 7 Councilman Terry Weigel, who cast the lone dissenting vote, requested the ordinance be tabled, citing questions he had about the specific responsibilities for the position.

“I’m going to request we look a little more,” Weigel said, noting he had been unable to stay for the full discussion when the issue was presented to the city’s Finance Committee last week.

During the citizens’ comments portion of meeting, held prior to discussion of the agenda, resident Jim Velto also expressed concern toward the move, saying he feels Weirton is not in need of an assistant city manager position

“This is Weirton. It’s not Pittsburgh,” Velto said.

DiBartolomeo, noting the need to appoint interim city managers on two occasions in the last year, said having an assistant manager would ensure there would be no loss of momentum in the event a future city manager were to step down.

“The person is going to know everything that comes through my office,” he said.

DiBartolomeo also explained the change for the position would result in a net salary increase of $12,000.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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