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Sherrill named Director of Public Works

by Dolores Hamilton
David Sherrill was named Director of Public Works for the City of Iowa Park during a called meeting of the city council Monday night.

After meeting in executive session to discuss candidates for the position, council members returned to the council chambers and voted unanimously to hire Sherrill.

The council had to go back to square one after they had to rescind the employment of Scott Perry who had been hired a couple of weeks before but failed to complete his pre-employment obligations.

According to City Manager Mike Price, Sherrill’s application was close to Petty’s in terms of qualifications for the position.

Sherrill will receive a starting yearly salary of $41,500, increasing to $42,000 after a six-month probation period. He will be provided with a cell phone and pickup, and will be encouraged to get involved in a local civic organization. He will also take classes to brush up on his computer skills and a class on lake dam safety.

Sherrill has been employed by the city since Oct. 3, 2001, and was currently the Water and Sewer Crew Maintenance Leader. He and his wife Robin have three children and eight grandchildren, with one more on the way.

The council approved changes to the employee, spouse and dependent health and life insurance program that provides savings to the city while at the same time gives employees six different options to meet their individual needs.

According to Price, the new program should save the city between $20,000 and $40,000 annually, depending on whether the employee elects to include his or her spouse and dependents in the program.

The plan has the city providing $900 per month per employee towards health and life insurance costs for employees selecting employee-only coverage and $1,100 per month for those employees who will purchase insurance for a spouse and/or dependents in in addition to their employee coverage.

“The new program benefits those employees who have not added a spouse and/or dependents to the plan by allowing a shift of some of the city’s contribution to a health reimbursement account,” Price said. “The employee could use this account as his or her share of prescription co-pays, deductibles or other IRS-approved health expenses.”

Several city employees attending the meeting expressed concern that the new plan would require those employees who have elected family insurance coverage to pay more towards the plan they they are currently paying in monthly premiums, deductibles or out-of-pocket health care expenses. Council members responded that their hope was to take the savings the city receives and shift those funds over to pay raises, since it has been several years since all employees received a pay raise.

Price told the council that the staff would not have final figures on the savings the change in the program would generate until after the June open enrollment period.

In other business, the council approved the city’s continued participation with the Steering Committee of Cities served by Oncor and authorized payment of 10-cents per capita to the steering committee to fund regulatory and related activities.