No supplemental budget appropriation will be necessary to hire a new communications specialist for the City Council.
Council Administrator Aimee Cox said the council had approved funding in the 2012 budget to increase a part-time intergovernmental affairs position held by Tim Burke to a full-time position so he could help with communications.
But the plan didn’t work out, Cox said.
“During the legislative session, Tim works full-time on state bill review and basically he couldn’t provide the necessary level of communications assistance between January and May,” she said.
Cox said the council will continue to work with the mayor’s Communications Department but “needed someone internally” to help work on council speaking points for events, public engagement strategy and organizing town hall meetings.
“We needed additional assistance here to do the work of City Council, and (Chief Communications Officer) Cindy Aubrey’s office could not provide all of that assistance. But we still will work with her on press releases, budget hearings, those kinds of things,” Cox said.
Cox said she hopes to have the position filled by June 1.