RACINE - A proposal to review vacant high-paying city positions in hopes of finding cost-saving opportunities failed to move past the Finance and Personnel Committee on Monday.
Under the proposal, any position vacant due to retirement or resignation that typically pays more
than $100,000 in salary and benefits would be reviewed by the committee and City Council before any hire, said Alderman Eric Marcus, who proposed the idea.
In some cases, he said, the responsibilities of a currently unfilled position may be divided among other employees or the committee could decide to reduce a position's salary.
"I think it's an opportunity to see if there is some way we can combine positions in an era of real fiscal responsibility," Marcus said.
However, saying that it borders on micromanaging, interferes with human resources duties and is time-consuming, the committee unanimously voted to receive and file the proposal in their meeting at City Hall, 730 Washington Ave.
City Administrator Thomas Friedel countered that the city already vets any position when it becomes vacant, including studying how cutting the position would affect services and waiting for months to fill such vacancy to see if a department can still function.
There are about 150 city positions that are paid, through salaries and benefits, more than $100,000 a year.