A special meeting of the Paullina Council to determine if the council was going to object to an unemployment claim submitted by former City Clerk Sandy Fritz. With little more than in approval of the agenda, Steve Heeren moved to not protest. Lexy Murphy seconded the motion that passed unanimously.
Discussion turned to filling the clerk position and if the council wanted to explore hiring an administrator. Council had this discussion while it was considering extraordinary wage increases earlier this year and while searching for a Superitendent of Utilities in which Kelly Topp was chosen. The discussion on May 26 became revisiting the positions of City Clerk, City Administrator and Superintendent of Utilities. During the discussion Council considered the impact of a City Clerk’s job by the presence of an administrator. Generally, Council felt an administrator could take some of the outside and more advanced accounting and human resource duties and reduce the clerk’s wages.
Council decided to look for a clerk for 2 weeks and then begin looking for an administrator after 2 weeks.
The clerk job is still posted. The administrator position was just made public.
In the employment uncertainty of the City of Paullina another special session was called for Friday June 10. The only item for discussion was if the council would grant a grievance review to Sandy Fritz.
Council received a letter from her attorney asking to proceed to a step 2 grievance, as Paullina City Attorney Tisha Halverson explained. This grievance is submitted to the council in written form. Halverson went on to explain that this grievance process is typically used for employee to employee or employee to department head disputes. She said the procedure had been included in its letter of determination to Fritz. Step 1 is for a public hearing on the termination. These are the steps outlined in the newly adopted employee handbook.
Upon completing the explanation of the process, Councilperson Lexy Murphy read a prepared statement denying the grievance review.
If Fritz follows through with step 1 a public meeting will be called within 30 days.
Both of these meetings can be viewed on our youtube channel at “youtube/OBiren County’s Bell-Times-Courier”.

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