City Council votes to add new employee, evaluates City Manager

City Council votes to add new employee, evaluates City Manager

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming City Council met Thursday morning to discuss a number of topics surrounding City Hall.

In addition to discussing security in the remodeled building and consolidation of cleaning services among city facilities, the council voted to hire another part-time City Hall staff member. That addition will aide with separating duties as required by both the city’s charter and government regulations. The lack of separation was marked as a deficiency in the city’s last audit.

“With very limited staff, it’s hard to do that properly,” said City Manager Mark Slown. “So having this additional staff will help us to do that.”

A summary of Slown’s City Manager evaluation was also presented to the council by Mayor Mike Tonkin. Slown received an average score tabulated from questionnaires filled out by each council member. Before a vote was taken to accept the evaluation, Councilwoman Claudia Demarest voiced a concern with one of Slown’s actions.

“He gave himself his raise when he hadn’t even had his evaluation,” said Demarest, “and I think that’s a problem.”

“I did tell him that it looked to me that he would have no problem getting past the evaluation time, because in my point of view, on overall average, he has done a pretty good job,” Tonkin added.

“My intention was simply to make it simple for the staff. I guess I had assumed also that my evaluation would be satisfactory, and that was my error,” said Slown.

The council did accept the evaluation, with Demarest being the sole council member voting “no.”