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Does the city need a recruiter?

A new job in Ironton may make its way to the ballot if Councilman Bob Vaughn’s proposed ordinance makes its way through council.

Wednesday, August 01, 2001

A new job in Ironton may make its way to the ballot if Councilman Bob Vaughn’s proposed ordinance makes its way through council.

At last Thursday’s city council meeting, Vaughn introduced an ordinance that would create an industrial recruiter job for the city. The job position would be responsible for bringing new business into Ironton.

The ordinance would create a new section to the city charter forming a position that would answer to city council – outside of the control of the mayor’s office.

The proposed legislation states the industrial recruiter will be the "marketing and job acquisition specialist" for Ironton. If passed, the job duties would include the development of "appropriate marketing materials" and the recruiter would be responsible for telemarketing and utilizing the Internet to solicit new businesses.

Vaughn’s proposal also outlines the education and training requirements for the position, including a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with a business major. The proposed ordinance also requires council to interview at least two individuals for the position before making an appointment.

On his website, Vaughn states the position is needed to make Ironton more economically viable. Vaughn wrote, "the solution to our economic problems is more high-paying jobs. How will our community find these jobs? Ironton needs to at least be looking for new employers to come here. Ironton can not depend on other governmental agencies to do our marketing."

"That is why I am a strong advocate of an industrial recruiter for our city," he added. "This individual will work exclusively for Ironton."

On Aug. 9, the pending legislation will receive second reading at the city council meeting.