Flexibility will be key as the city of North Olmsted is looking into creating a new position within its Building Department.

The idea for the job of Building Department coordinator was recently introduced to City Council by Human Resources Director Marie Gallo, who hopes to fill it by the start of 2021 with either two part-time employees or one full-timer.

“This will allow the Building Commissioner (Jeffrey Grusenmeyer) more flexibility in the way he manages and runs his department,” Gallo said.

Currently, the department has 13 employees. The new coordinator — or coordinators — would exist in lieu of a full-time assistant building commissioner role and work directly under Grusenmeyer and assist in enforcing city building codes, ordinances and zoning. They would review some plans, blueprints and other project documentation, including permit forms submitted by residents.

The new role will not require all of the certifications a building commissioner would need, though prior experience is preferred.

“A lot of this is dealing with the public,” Gallo said. “They would also have some supervisory responsibility in helping coordinate the property maintenance division of the department.”

For better schedule flexibility, the department could aim for two part-timers, though the size of the candidate pool might dictate the need for a single full-timer. Pay is set for around $25-$30 per hour, depending on experience. The city’s salary ordinance is broad, allowing for pay in the range of $20-$40 per hour.

“We will probably try for part-timers at first and see how it goes,” Gallo said. “There would be more flexibility in the scheduling if we can hire one or two part-timers. If not, we’ll see if we can get a full-timer.”

Contact this reporter at cvoloschuk@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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