City, SLT to share finance worker

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:39 AM

The municipalities will share a yet-to-be-hired full-time worker on a 60/40 split, with the new employee spending 60 percent of his or her time working for the city.

The Spring Lake Township Board approved the collaboration at its July 9 meeting. Grand Haven City Council concurred Monday night.

City Manager Pat McGinnis said the move would help shore up a finance department that was depleted by budget cuts.

“We had reduced our staff in the finance department between treasury, assessing and finance by 2.5 (full-time equivalents) the past couple of years as we struggled through difficult financial times,” he said. “We were discussing restoration of some of those positions when the township contacted us.”

Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said a part-time township finance employee recently relocated to New York. The township advertised for a part-time accounting person, but received few applications.

“We felt it would be better if we looked at working with the city of Grand Haven and sharing a full-time person,” Gallagher said. “The benefit to the employee is that it is full-time employment. The benefit to both units is that neither of us needed another full-time person. I think it could be a good long-term collaborative effort.”

Gallagher said officials from both municipalities have jointly conducted interviews of six candidates.

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