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    Riley County commission hears requests for more county admin jobs

    By AJ Dome ajdome@themercury.com,

    21 days ago

    Riley County officials are considering filling a few open positions, including three new jobs.

    County commissioners Thursday heard a request from human resources director Elizabeth Ward for new and expanded jobs within Riley County’s administrative offices.

    Ward gave the presentation as part of the HR department’s fiscal year 2025 budget request. The new positions for consideration include an administrative assistant for the Riley County planning and development department, a criminal investigator for the county attorney’s office and a human resources department assistant. All three positions are full-time and include a starting salary of about $20 per hour.

    County planning and development director Amanda Webb told commissioners that hiring a full-time administrative assistant would help ease the workload for herself and others in the planning department. The full-time job would have an annual salary of $39,582 and would replace a part-time assistant position with a salary of $15,000 annually.

    The new criminal investigator position in the county attorney’s office would have a starting salary of $59,155, while the new human resources assistant job would have a beginning salary of $48,277.

    Riley County Health Department director Julie Gibbs asked for an expansion of the community health educator position to include education on opioid abuse prevention. She cited increasing concerns from the Riley County Police Department about fentanyl exposure locally as well as statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. According to meeting documents, Kansas saw an increase in opioid overdose deaths from 10 per 100,000 people in 2017 to 24 people per 100,000 in 2021.

    Commissioners will decide whether to create and fill the new positions during their discussion of the FY 2025 budget at a later meeting.

    Gibbs additionally asked commissioners to approve a request to fill a vacancy for an advanced practice registered nurse, or APRN, following the retirement of the current APRN in July. Gibbs said the APRN, who helps with reproductive health services in the county, is vital to the family planning program. Commissioners approved this request.

    The board also approved two requests from county public works director John Ellermann to fill a pair of vacancies. Ellermann is seeking a new public works operator and a traffic control technician. Both job vacancies will appear on the Riley County website, and both jobs start at around $20 an hour.

    There will be no Riley County Commission meeting Monday because of the Memorial Day holiday. The next county commission meeting is May 30 at 8:30 a.m. in the Riley County Courthouse.

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