The city of Elkins has gone through multiple changes this year in connection with its restructuring plan. Most phases now are in place with the exception of the hiring of a city clerk.
City Council is looking for someone who's just the right fit. The trouble is there's little interest. Despite having placed advertisements and passing on the information at various local meetings, the city had no applicants until a few days ago. Mayor Duke Talbott said as of Friday four people had expressed interest. Still, that seems to be a low turnout.
The reason we, and Talbott, surmise is that the position is part-time with no benefits. Previously, the full-time job paid $55,600 per year. This time the salary is negotiable.
Talbott says there's no deadline for submitting applications, and the city really has no time frame for making its selection. He suggests it's an "ideal" job for someone who's retired, and says he's "confident" the right person will come along.
It's commendable that City Council isn't rushing into making such an important decision. However, we hope it isn't too long that the office remains vacant, as other city employees continue to absorb the clerk's duties.