Council to choose leaders, discuss salaries

Columbus City Council will hold a special organizational meeting tonight to elect a new president of the council and make its appointments to board and commissions.

The council will also consider changes to the salary and job descriptions of the city engineer and community development director positions.

New Mayor Jim Lienhoop has said that he plans to expand both of those positions, putting returning City Engineer Dave Hayward in charge of the city public works department and making Mary Ferdon head of the city’s finance and administration as well as community development director.

The council will consider increasing the bottom of both pay scales by $5,863 for city engineer and $6,314 for the community development director and the top ends by around $8,500. The previous engineer pay scale topped out at $83,624, while the community development director topped out at $73,580. Under the new plan, the director of public works (formerly the city engineer) could be paid up to $92,000 a year, while the director of administration and community development could be paid up to $82,600.

City Council will meet at 6 p.m. tonight at Columbus City Hall.