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Council to consider new staff position

The city of Bemidji is poised to add another city staffer.

The City Council is expected on Monday to consider advertising for a community development director.

The council has been discussing the possible position since last year when assistant city planner Rita Albrecht resigned to take a position with the Headwaters Regional Development Commission.

If approved the community development director would be charged with planning directing and managing the city's community and economic development programs, according to council documents. He or she would work with the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board and commission, the Bemidji Development Corporation, Joint Economic Development Commission and other groups.

"This position will be vital to the future development of Bemidji," City Manager John Chattin said in the staff report on the agenda item. "Without someone to stay on top of projects and ensure that all funding streams are explored, we could miss out on possible funding sources. We also need a connection to the new Joint Planning Board."

The community development director is proposed to perform the following functions, among others:

-- Provide planning and development services for the city of Bemidji

-- Apply for grants and loans

-- Develop strategies to allocate city financial assistances such as tax-increment financing, community development block grants and others

-- Develop strategies for the redevelopment of city-owned property

-- Provide customer assistance for new and expanding businesses by facilitating the joint planning process

-- Participate in long-range planning for the city and develop the Capital Improvement Plan

-- Coordinate proposals for dedication of park property with the JPB and Parks and Trails Commission

The community development director would not have any direct supervision of staff, according to council documents.

The ideal candidate would have graduated from a four-year college or university with a degree in business administration, public administration planning, or related field, according to council documents. He or she would have at least five years experience in municipal administration or planning.

The position is proposed to pay between $57,696 and $72,120, according to council documents