City of Dover looking to fill more key positions

DOVER — Add another high level administrative vacancy that the City of Dover must fill.
Electric Director Harry Maloney tendered his resignation effective June 2, following recent departures by the city manager and director of planning and community development.

On Tuesday, Human Resources Director Kim Hawkins said she had “not been officially advised who will be fulfilling the duties of the electric director,” in the interim before a permanent replacement is hired.

Dover will continue to accept applications for the city manager’s position until Friday and the candidate information will be forwarded to the city clerk’s office. The position was first advertised on April 19.

City Finance Director Donna Mitchell is currently serving as acting city manager, filling the void left by retiring Scott Koenig in March.

Former Smyrna Town Manager Dave Hugg was earlier appointed acting director of planning and community development and signed a six-month contract for the temporary role. Ann Marie Townshend left the position for a job with the Town of Lewes that began in April.

At a city council meeting on April 10, Council President Tim Slavin’s proposal to retain the current city manager job description adopted in 2013 was approved.
City council approved also advertising the position through the International City/County Management Association, Delaware City Manager Association, Delaware League of Local Governments, Sussex County Association of Towns, Maryland Municipal League, and colleges with Masters of Public Administration programs.

Regarding the planning office, Mr. Slavin hoped that “there was someone who could come in and operate (it), stating that he would like, after approximately a 90-day period, for this person to provide an assessment of some the duties involved with the office and a recommendation of the organizational structure.

“He noted that this would then inform what the position description and search might be for the search …,” according to meeting minutes.
The city manager and planning positions report directly to city council.

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