By Bill Robinson
Erin Moore is no longer assistant director of Richmond’s parks and recreation department.
After at least one false start, the city commission Tuesday voted to give her a new title, one that drops the word “assistant.”
Since last fall, when the long-time director of the city’s parks and recreation department Kevin Gorman retired, Moore had been the chief employee in a reorganized department. However, she continued with the assistant director’s title.
In February, the issue was first raised by City Commissioner Jim Newby, and he and two other commissioners -- Robert Blythe and Laura King -- have argued for upgrading Moore’s title to at least interim director.
City Manager Jimmy Howard submitted for approval an order changing Moore’s title to director of recreation administration on March 26. Both Blythe and King questioned why she was not being given the same title as Gorman. Howard said that was the title she requested.
After Blythe and King said they wanted to consult with Moore and review her job description, a vote was put off.
At the commission’s April 16 work session, Howard said he would prepare a new order for the April 23 meeting changing Moore’s title to director of recreation administration/parks.
At Blythe’s request, Howard and the other commissioners agreed to raise Moore’s pay by $1,000 annually.
According to the order, which also changed her job description, Moore will make $20.58 an hour, or just over $42,800 a year. It was adopted without discussion.
Before Gorman retired, parks and recreation maintenance moved to a new, separate department headed by Joe Bentley.
In other action, the commission:
• Appointed Brandon Jackson director of the recycling department
• Appointed Lynn Thompson and Dr. Asad Jadoon to three-year terms on the Human Rights Commission, filling all nine seats on the panel
• Hired 18 seasonal workers and two seaonal managers for the parks and recreation department. The two managers will make $7.50 an hour. A worker with four years experience will make $7.40; three returning from last year will make $7.30, while the remainder will make $7.25. A seasonal worker hired for the Gibson Bay Cafe will make $7.25.
• Accepted the resignations of Nancy Kettler from the finance department and Eric Long from the police department.
First reading of an ordinance declaring the city’s intent to annex property belonging to Ken Ruhl Properties LLC at the corner of Boggs Lane and the Eastern Bypass was heard. A similar ordinance was passed in January, but an error was made in publication requirements, prompting the need for a new ordinance, it states.
The meeting adjourned after less than 25 minutes.
Bill Robinson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 624-6690.