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Park & Rec gets full-time helper

Sept. 17, 2013

Germantown — The Germantown Village Board on Monday approved the creation of a full-time secretary position for the Park and Recreation Department to replace the historically part-time job.

After a split vote, the Village Board revisited the item to hire a full-time secretary for the department when Village President Dean Wolter was present to cast a vote. Wolter was absent for the first vote. The position was approved after a second round of debate.

In an effort to retain an employee, Park and Recreation Director Justin Casperson requested the board implement a full-time secretary position and offer benefits. The position was previously held by Mary Croasdaile, who left in July after 14 years with the department. Croasdaile worked about 33 hours per week on average and made $16.28 per hour. She was not offered benefits.

The full time secretary will be paid $13 per hour.

"It was decided that a full-time position made the most sense at this juncture being that there is enough work for a full-time person," Casperson told the board. "A full-time person awards the department to have consistency and continuity on a permanent basis."

The hope in offering benefits, Casperson said, is that the employee will stay at the village for a longer period of time.

"My fear is with a lower wage and no benefits, how long can I retain them?" Casperson said.

Trustee Terri Kaminski supported the position, saying that whoever is hired can help out in other areas of Village Hall when needed.

"I can't imagine the headaches of rehiring and retraining more people," she said. "For the price of $13 an hour this a very valuable addition to your department."

Wolter, who ultimately voted in favor of the position, questioned why the department didn't wait to have this conversation during 2014 budget talks, which are right around the corner.

The summer intern is filling in temporarily. The intern will be considered for the full-time position. Casperson said at the time they did not think they would have an intern to help in fall since the intern has her master's degree and was seeking a full-time position. The position, he said, will not increase salary expenditures from 2013 to 2014.

The Park and Recreation Department also wanted to hire someone in time for the holiday season.

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