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City of Newark nixes administrator post

By Austin Jackson | Published Saturday, October 20, 2018
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The Newark City Council is not looking for replacements after accepting the resignation of Newark City Administrator Diane Rasor earlier this month.

Instead, the council Tuesday eliminated the city administrator position with city secretaries and council members dividing up responsibilities.

Mayor pro tem Eric Fleischer said operating without a city administrator is prudent financially and will give more control to the council over city affairs.

“We decided to pilot a new program and eliminate the city administration program, just have a city secretary and cut down the hours for city services,” Fleischer said.

The city has operated the past eight weeks without a city administrator, since Rasor went on leave and eventually resigned her post due to a medical situation. She spent eight years working for the city.

“We think it’s being fiscally responsible, and we’re also looking to give the council more control over everything that’s going on during this period,” Fleischer said. “The staff is going to work the same hours, but it’s going to give them more time to focus on responsibility with just the two [secretaries].”

Fleischer said the city office will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. until January, opposed to its current 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. operating hours.

He said this will eliminate distractions for the two city secretaries to accomplish tasks that would otherwise be handled by three staff members.

“They were getting very distracted because they would have folks coming in from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., so they didn’t have time to focus on things like budget, or putting together things for the council,” Fleischer said. “They’ll be in for the same time, but they’ll be closed down, not taking phone calls or having people come in until 1 p.m. We figure that additional focus will give them a chance to get all that stuff accomplished.”

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