Oak Grove rehires former worker

Longtime Oak Grove city employee Kathy Bahma will return to work at city hall part-time on an as-needed basis.

She retired from the city last December as an executive administrative assistant, a position she had held full-time for 12 years.

In a budget-saving measure, Oak Grove City Council members agreed last year not to seek a full-time replacement for Bahma, but rather leave an option for hiring someone part-time to work when the office’s remaining full-time staff takes either vacation or sick time, or has to add special projects to the work load.

Bahma received annual salary and benefits totaling nearly $70,000 in 2012.

City Administrator Rick Juba told the council at a meeting March 11 that from the time of her part-time hire through the end of 2013, she would probably not accumulate more than $10,000 in earnings.

One responsibility that Bahma will not carry over from her full-time experience is human resources management, for which the city has since contracted with AEM Financial Solutions at an annual fee of $12,000.

Mayor Mark Korin asked last week whether Bahma’s new hours could reach a point where she would qualify for benefits.

“There are not enough hours budgeted to get into that,” Juba said.