City to consider adding ‘moving expenses’ in search for new utilities director

COLUMBUS, Ind. — As Columbus City Utilities continues a search for a new executive director, the department is asking the city to consider reimbursing moving expenses for the successful candidate.

Interim director Keith Reeves said that Smith & Syberg, the firm that was engaged to begin the job search, told the department that one handicap to attracting quality applicants is that the city of Columbus does not pay for moving expenses.

In talking with city attorney Alan Whitted, he learned that they would need a city ordinance in order to be able to offer this benefit, Reeves said.

“We’ve had some informal discussions with a few city council members, and also through the mayor’s office,” Reeves said. “And I think we’ve got support for having that.”

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