Scottsdale may add 34.5 full-time jobs to its payroll in fiscal year 2004-05.
City Manager Jan Dolan is proposing the City Council adopt these new positions, which would include an assistant city attorney, a police officer and two code inspectors.
The jobs do not replace positions eliminated last fiscal year. The council will make its final decision on all proposals June 8.
Proposed jobs include:
• 13 full-timers who are in "high priority service areas," unrelated to the city creating its own fire department.
• 13.5 related to the fire department transition from the private Rural/Metro Corp. fire services contract.
• Eight contract workers who will be made city employees.
Councilman Bob Littlefield, chairman of the council’s three-member budget subcommittee, asked City Attorney Joe Bertoldo on Friday if Scottsdale could cut back the amount of outside legal work.
"I guess the council could quit doing things that are so controversial,’’ Bertoldo said, drawing laughter from those who attended the second of four planned subcommittee forums.
The city’s law department handles 74 percent of its cases in-house, Bertoldo said. However, some are farmed out because the city does not have various specialists on staff.
The city attorney predicted Scottsdale will see a decrease in condemnation cases regarding the McDowell Sonoran Preserve expansion, resulting in a decrease in outside legal contracts.
In other business, Vice Mayor Wayne Ecton said he would like internal audits, or reviews, completed faster; more space for council members at City Hall; and better performance standards used to evaluate city employees on the job.
Six council members share one office at City Hall and the mayor has her own.
An asset management review showing where the city could obtain revenue to meet the space crunch will be given to the council at its April 5 meeting, Dolan said.