The city of Staunton is being run by committee. Two months after the assistant city manager stepped down, his replacement has not been hired. Instead, several people are sharing the job.
About six weeks ago, the Staunton assessor - Jim Gallaher - stepped up to the role of interim assistant city manager. But with a reassessment looming, Gallaher will have to go back to his regular role. So two more people will share the job of Staunton's number-two administrator.
Starting October 1, human resources director Josh Didawick will split the assistant city manager duties along with recreation superintendent Jennifer Jones.
Staunton's city manager, Steve Owen, says there are several advantages to using the rotation system. It saves money by leaving the management job vacant, and gives existing employees a chance to gain new experience.
"The departments they come from usually have someone who has to step up to backfill for them," he said. "It's interesting to watch that too, to see who's stepping up, who's performing at a higher level while they're here. So lots of advantages, I think."
Staunton's most recent assistant manager, Jim Halasz, resigned in July to accept a job as administrator for Halifax County.
Owen says the workload is too big to leave the assistant city manager's job open forever. He plans to advertise the position this fall and have it filled - by just one person - early next year.
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