Correction, 2 a.m., Sept. 2: According to Mayor Harry Rilling, Laoise King’s title is still assistant to the mayor. NancyOnNorwalk checked the city’s website Thursday and found that King was called Chief of Staff, and used it in the story and headline. With Rilling’s Friday email the headline and story have been changed. Rilling said he would contact the webmaster about King’s title.
NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Assistant to the Mayor Laoise King on Thursday provided NancyOnNorwalk with a list of positions that are open as Mayor Harry Rilling has instituted a hiring freeze.
Rilling’s hiring freeze, done in expectation of a budget shortfall as Connecticut shifts its funding to its cities, was announced Wednesday.
“While the city will honor all current contracts, non-essential spending has been curtailed and any new contractual arrangements or costs impacting spending is being carefully reviewed,” Rilling was quoted as saying in the press release, which explained that no open positions for the current fiscal year will be filled unless an offer letter has already been extended. The city is not laying off any employees, and all current staff will continue to be paid.
It’s a hard freeze but exceptions will be considered if sufficient justifications are made, Finance Director Bob Barron said in the release.
King promised on Wednesday to get a list of affected positions for NancyOnNorwalk. On Thursday, she delivered, providing this list of “open full time positions for which no final candidate has been selected:”
- Fire Chief
- Director of Health
- Director of Recreation and Parks
- Grants Administrator
- Compliance Assistant (2)
- Desktop Support Technician
- Assistant Coordinator –Youth
- Reference Librarian
- Library Assistant
- Maintainer 1
There are also part time positions that are in various stages of recruitment, she said:
- Event Coordinator( permanent)
- Gymnastics Instructor ( seasonal)
- Fire Inspector ( temporary)
- Librarian (two) (permanent)
- School Crossing Guard (seasonal)
“Many of the above positions are essential to health, safety and quality of life for our residents, as such we will ensure that essential duties will be covered on an interim basis by capable current employees,” King said. “For essential positions for which an interim appointment is not possible, a determination will be made on a case by case basis on whether to proceed with hiring.”
The state is being run under an executive order issued by Gov. Dannel Malloy, which would be vacated if the legislature approves a budget.
Rilling was quoted Wednesday as saying, “I’m confident that my department heads can continue to deliver all essential city services by temporarily covering vacancies with current personnel because we cannot afford to hire any more people until we know where we stand with the state.”