Hobart mayor hires part-time assistant
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent March 23, 2013 11:48PM
Updated: April 25, 2013 6:45AM
HOBART--Mayor Brian Snedecor has hired Robert Fulton, president of the Hobart Sanitary District Board, as assistant to the mayor.
Snedecor said Fulton is being paid $21 per hour in the new position and will work about 20 to 24 hours a week.
Fulton began his new job about three weeks ago. The mayor didn’t make a public announcement.
“He will not be dealing with staff. His focus will be bringing more money to the city by working with various departments on grant initiatives,” Snedecor said.
Fulton said part of his duty will be coordinating the various departments, “making sure everyone is talking to each other and coordinating things.”
The new position and choice of Fulton both met with the approval of at least two council members.
Council President Jerry Herzog, D-1st, said he believes the position was needed.
“The mayor has a lot on his plate,” Herzog said, adding that there always was a line item in the budget for a full-time mayoral assistant.
Councilman Dave Vinzant, D-4th, said while it is difficult to find funding for any city position, he feels this new post makes financial sense.
“There’s no shortage of projects that need to get done and we need to go through some creative means to get the funding for them. Some things (director of Development) Denarie (Kane) has been doing, some things the city attorney has been doing and some things the mayor has been doing,” Vinzant said.
He also pointed out that the director of special events, Raeann Trakas, raises more than enough money to pay her salary and then some.
“It should work the same way with Bob. In today’s world, the only way you can pay for projects is through grants,” he said.
Vinzant called Fulton “a pit bull researcher who digs and digs.”