As the budget crisis has heightened, the city has been withholding vendor payments and delaying paying tax returns to try to conserve cash. Earlier this week, 12 city workers lost their jobs.
But still, some staffers have been added to the payroll in recent weeks. Since July 1, the city has hired seven people, with all but one making over $75,000. One name in particular caught our eye – Suzanne Biemiller, who was hired to a job in the Finance Department on July 6 with an annual salary of $122,600.
When we called the Finance Department to find out what was going on, we got a call back from the mayor’s Chief of Staff Clay Armbrister, who said that Biemiller was previously in a grant funded position at the Office of Sustainability and was hired by the city when that money ran out.
“She was held over to help with the transition with the sustainability office,” said Armbrister. “There was an exempt position [in Finance.] We put her there as a matter of convenience.”