Macon Chief Administrative Officer Thomas Thomas met with the appropriations committee Monday night to try and change the qualifications of the finance director position.
Thomas says there are currently 14 applicants, but there would be more if the requirement of a certified public accountant were omitted from the position.
Thomas suggested there a number of well qualified applicants with high education and experience levels that can’t apply because of this requirement.
Most of the appropriations committee disagreed with Thomas and said to take out the required CPA would dumb down the position.
“That finance director position is absolutely crucial one to the city and we desperately need to make sure we have somebody in there who's highly qualified. And a my understanding is that Mr. Thomas wants to broaden the applicant pool of that position that was the reason they brought that forward but I think the committee just wasn't comfortable with lowering the qualifications," said Tom Ellington.
Ellington suggests better recruiting tactics could bring more applicants without changing the qualifications.
Monday night the Appropriations committee approved a resolution to ensure a pay scale in 2012 for police, firemen, and all other employees.
"Well I love our police and fire fighters. They're just vital to our safety in the city, but we also have other employees, general employees who deserve to have those same kinds of benefits and the same kind of concern expressed by council for them," said council woman Elaine Lucas.
Lucas says the Carl Vinson Institute will continue to work with council and city administration on improving the pay scale.