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July 10, 2013

Upcoming test to determine WPCF management

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In last fall's round of advertising for the position, the city also advertised out of state, but was only able to attract two applicants. The job description included a salary of $60,000 to $80,000.

"To be able to attract a Grade IV, to move their family basically, we think we probably will have to re-look at our salary scale," she said.

The city did offer the position to one of the two applicants, but he turned down the offer, stating that the salary was too low.

The entire idea of privatization "is a touchy subject," she said.

"I don't think there was any intention by looking at the issue to create any unrest with our employees," she said. "Kam Reeves has done an excellent job in Bob Bruett's place and we have excellent, excellent employees."

The facility currently operates with 14 employees. The addition of a superintendent would put it at a full staff of 15.

"We have excellent employees, we have a state-of-the-art facility that's been very much updated, so some of the cost savings that a private company could come in and do we've already done," she said. "So there's a question whether that would actually save the city money, but whether we pursue or ask for proposals, we won't know for sure."

— To follow reporter Chelsea Davis on Twitter, head to @ChelseaLeeDavis.

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