White, like Scott’s character, emphasized how the position is not an assistant city manager, rather an assistant to the city manger.
The person, expected to start by January, should earn at least $35,000 a year.
Officials haven’t hired anyone for the position.
Prior to becoming city manager in 2006, White first served as the assistant city manager to his predecessor, Mike Tann, for two years.
Since his promotion to Huron’s top administrator, however, city officials haven’t filled the position.
But now — with a slight tweak to the name and job description — there’s a need for someone to help oversee payroll, personnel decisions, special projects and risk management, White said.
“We just have an awful lot of volume in terms of general projects we have been working on,” White said. “This person is going to help us get through things on a day-to-day basis”
Huron officials, overseeing several projects such as ConAgra’s resurgence, can afford to add another full-time employee because of a strong financial outlook.
The $4 million everyday operating budget, covering services such as police and fire, boasts a $931,000 carryover, or savings.
“This hire will allow the administration, mainly Mr. White, to take some of the burden off of him for the day-to-day things he’s dealing with,” Huron city councilman Brad Hartung said.
Hiring an administrative assistant, Hartung said, falls perfectly in line with Huron’s three goals entering 2014: fiscal responsibility, operational efficiency and strategic growth.
“This should open us up for that strategic growth,” Hartung said.