TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The Terre Haute City Council is now hiring. Thursday night the city's law-making body brought in applicants for the position of council financial adviser. It's the council's answer to solving the city's current budget uncertainty.
The special meeting of the City Council's Committee of the Whole was more than a meeting, it was a job interview.
Three applied and Thursday night in front of the city council they each interviewed for the job.
The three men were: Earl Elliott of Sackrider and Company from Terre Haute, Ryan Perkins of Larrison's Tax service also from Terre Haute and Michael Williams an accountant and governmental consultant from Bloomfield.
The process was similar to most job interviews with a twist.
Each candidate was interviewed in public by eight of the nine councilmen.
Here is what the city council was looking for: an accountant with knowledge of government budgets. One who will explain the parts of the budget they don't understand to them and give them advice on how to proceed to shore up the gap created by less money coming in and rising costs throughout the city.
But after the interviews, did they know who they wanted to hire?
"At this point no," councilman Jim Chalos said. "I don't think any one does. I am a business owner so this is kind of a first interview situation."
"So no I wouldn't say I am leaning towards anybody at this point. I just gotta look over the information and go from there."
The city council has allotted 20,000 dollars to pay for this position. So we asked if this was a wise way to spend money in a cash strapped time?
"Its not new dollars that we are spending," Councilman John Mullican said. "We were able to take some money from existing budget within the controller's office to do this. So if we were looking at spending new dollars then that would be a little bit tougher. However, we have a lot of tough questions to be answered."
The city council will vote on a hire on June 6th before their regular sunshine meeting.
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