BLOOMINGTON — A seasonal office worker has been promoted to assistant to Bloomington’s city manager, a position that will focus in part on developing a performance management program.
Alex McElroy was hired in November as a seasonal worker without benefits after applying for the city’s new performance auditor position, which was filled by then-finance director Tim Ervin, McElroy said.
McElroy said he took the temporary $27 an hour technical assistant position after he lost his job in Centralia as assistant city manager during staff reductions last summer.
As assistant to the city manager in Bloomington, McElroy will be paid $60,000 per year, plus benefits.
The assistant position was advertised internally at the end of January, said Human Resources Director Emily Bell. She said the city has no plans to fill McElroy’s temporary position.
City Manager David Hales said prior to his hiring, the city manager had both a deputy city manager and an assistant to the city manager. Barb Adkins is Bloomington’s deputy city manager.
Hales said McElroy “will be very involved in Bloomington’s efforts to achieve cost savings in the delivery of municipal services,” Hales said.
McElroy said he has been involved in developing the budget and a performance management program, which will track inefficiencies in city services and help employees improve services. He said he expects to continue that work in his new position.