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Find best fit for jobs

Officials in the Glove Cities should be looking to find the best possible fit for all their jobs, especially for positions that no longer require city residency.

Recently, a Gloversville man was named the new city of Johnstown engineer, effective Dec. 1.

He was able to be appointed thanks to a recent move by the city of Johnstown to eliminate its residency requirement for its appointed officials. Johnstown’s city engineer, city attorney, city clerk and the appointed assistants for those positions no longer are required to live inside the city. Gloversville also passed a similar law recently.

Johnstown and Gloversville are now allowing these offices to be held by people who live anywhere in Fulton County. Officials in both cities said they will give preference to city residents for these appointments.

We have supported the two cities’ efforts to find employees – for certain positions – by expanding the residency requirements to the entire county. However, we think requiring a non-city resident appointed to some of those positions to move into the city’s boundaries within six months is a preferable alternative.

With the eligibility pool for these positions bigger than ever, city officials must do more to attract the best possible candidates to ensure taxpayers get more bang for their buck.

Given the far larger pool both cities have to draw from, there should be plenty of candidates for most of these jobs.

It is realistic to expect both cities’ officials to make sure they are advertising for the positions, and not relying on people they – or their friends and family – know to fill those jobs. Plenty of employers advertise in multiple forms of media to fill positions; the cities should not hesitate to do that for some of these positions.

In the case of the city engineer position in Johnstown, Mayor Michael Julius said the city did not advertise for the position, which came open when former City Engineer Chandra Cotter recently decided to leave the job.

Julius said the city received about four resumes from job seekers, and ended up selecting the best one for the position.

While it’s good city officials were able to get a candidate they liked, they should do more to be certain people are aware of the job opportunities.

Residents in the Glove Cities deserve to have a transparent process they know is giving them the person who truly is the best candidate for the job. Officials in both cities need to make sure that happens.

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