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City council creates new clerk position

Monday, January 2, 2012

Brazil City Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen
The Brazil City Council met for its last meeting of the year Friday and signed a resolution creating the position of a second deputy clerk in the clerk-treasurer's office.

The second deputy clerk will be the HR/Safety Director in charge of human resources, safety and insurance.

The newly created position will also assist with normal responsibilities in the Clerk-Treasurer's office. The salary for the position is set at $26,811 and is paid with 33.4 percent from the General Fund, 33.3 percent from wastewater and 33.3 percent from water.

Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen explained to those in attendance how the position came about.

"This has been something that has been discussed from an extremely long time," McQueen said. "(City attorney) Traci (Lawson) ... had to take all the legal avenues to get this fixed and get everything done to do this legally.

"There's a very gray area. Actually for human resources there should be an ordinance that says the mayor can pronounce this to the council and say 'Hey, I would like to have a human resources position.' That's never happened; there's no ordinance for the City of Brazil for that position to even exist. So with that being said, it was really hard for Traci to do the research and say, 'Who does human resources belong to?' I called 10 other cities. They all said that position is in my office.'"

The council then passed Resolution No. 23-2011.

Meanwhile, the council signed an animal control contract, which will allow Clay County Animal Rescue to operate and maintain an animal rescue in Clay County for the purpose of receiving, impounding, feeding, maintaining and caring for animals in a proper, sanitary, and humane manner, as well as disposing of animals brought to or received by the Clay County Animal Rescue.

The Brazil City Council meets regularly the second Wednesday of every month, at 7 p.m., in Brazil City Hall.

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We do not need 2 full time clerks and a full time accounting firm that does the job for the clerk.

-- Posted by xray on Mon, Jan 2, 2012, at 7:22 PM

Didn't see that coming....LOL

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Mon, Jan 2, 2012, at 8:06 PM

How does someone apply for this position? Will it be posted so people can submit resume. Or maybe it was created for someone in particular to have a job. Rumor has it that it was created so that Mayor Bradshaw could appoint someone before she leaves office but I do not always believe Brazil Rumor mill.

-- Posted by observation on Mon, Jan 2, 2012, at 8:58 PM

Marry Staub.....Bradshaws daughter

-- Posted by letsgettherealtruth on Mon, Jan 2, 2012, at 9:05 PM

if you can't win, hire family

Welcome to Brazil politics!

the people didn't want bradshaw as mayor but they voted her in another position, real smart thinking.you get what you deserve. now that's positive thinking ....jolly!LOL

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Mon, Jan 2, 2012, at 9:37 PM

In a meeting the mayor does not get a vote the mayor only makes a vote only if there is a tie with the council.

-- Posted by oknow on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 12:23 AM

I don't understand how the out going Mayor has anything to do with this. The clerk requested funding for another assistant, the Council passed a resolution, and the clerk hired someone qualified for the job that she was familiar with. Am I missing something here?

-- Posted by commanche on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 9:32 AM

Bradshaw continues to be a thorne in our sides even though she was voted out of office.My concern is that her people still lurk around making it tough on the new mayor, I hope mayor Wyndam can handle it. The new council should abolish this new position and McQueen should just do her job instead of throwing parts of it to someone else. Good Luck Bryan Wyndam

-- Posted by clycogrl on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 10:49 AM

Not to be mean Ghostwriter, but if you don't see a problem with what has gone on you are either in on it or not doing enough research. If there had been a hiring process, I wouldn't complain. I invite you to look back at the number of positions created and filled by council relatives during this administration. Add to that the new insurance plan for the part time council and the new ordinance to cover any legal trouble that might pop up and frankly, it doesn't look good. If this was so important, why did it have to be crammed in by the outgoing council before the end of the year? Surely it could not have been to move as much away from the new mayor as possible!?

-- Posted by CaptDan on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 11:05 AM

The City of Brazil is now using the "Hire Family & Friends" concept. Typical democrats. Maybe they'll chip in and buy that goofy "let's hideout in Illinois", Pat Bauer, a new wig.

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 11:12 AM

I may not be right on this, but I wasn't aware that the clerk treasury job was supposed to be a full time position. If she has made it one than she is trying to do a better job of serving the city. I will bet that alot of you didn't know if she makes a mistake in accounting that it comes out of her pocket, not the cities. She has an open door policy, I would encourage some of you to get the facts straight before you cry foul.

-- Posted by wiser by age on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 1:06 PM

from an employee standpoint she is not there that often, but should be with all these employees. this was not a move to better the citizens, just a move to better the mayor's daughter.

-- Posted by letsgettherealtruth on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 1:27 PM

Was a job description posted for applicants in any media? In business protocol, the president, or mayor in this case, is the person H/R responds to - not the clerk.

And, forget aiding the police and fire departments who protect the citizens......

-- Posted by captnwench on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 1:41 PM

Are all you taxpayers aware the city council members are provided health insurance????? Think of how much that costs the taxpayers! Some have medicare & I am sure others are employed elsewhere in addition to sitting on the council. They had to "unemploy" the parks dept employee because there wasn't enough money. The animal control contact was all printed up with Clay Co Rescue's name & a done deal except for the signature. It was not even offered to the Clay Co Humane Society who are local. Seems to me that should have been open for bids? The rescue people are now located in Owen County!!!!!!!!!! Tell me what kind of service we'll get with that deal???? What a crock that council meeting was. Whispering around & then everything was a done deal. Hopefully the new mayor will clean this mess up as there is a ton of BS going on. ATTEND THE MEETINGS & GET YOUR EYES OPENED!

-- Posted by Sugarbear on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 2:13 PM

Just pointing out that there has been quite a bit of change going on since this election. I also find it incredibly efficient that this passed on Friday and according to Ghostwriter, Ms. McQueen has already "hired someone she was familiar with". I'm not alleging anything. I'm just amazed, if rumors are true, that we were able to find the best person for the job so quickly. If there is a hiring process, this is a non-issue. If they created this position with someone in mind, it is sad. Admittedly, I don't know who they hired, but based on the history of other comments on this site, I am guessing the Brazil rumor mill will prove pretty accurate. We will see.

-- Posted by CaptDan on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 2:41 PM

This has nothing to do with with Ann...

The Clerk/Treasurer will appoint/hire who she wants. She is in charge of that office.

This position was needed...

-- Posted by Unsolicitedtidbits on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 3:16 PM

"This position was needed..."

...More allegations.

-- Posted by CaptDan on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 4:09 PM

maybe hire more for the street dept. they will need the help this winter.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 5:52 PM

This is nothing short of disgraceful! And that should surprize me......hurmpf...NOT!!!!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 9:07 PM

who really cares if she created a new job? If it doesnt pertain to you personally then it shouldnt matter... We should all find more important things to worry about than whats happing down at city hall. I know this is brazil an we dont get alot of exciting things that go on, but worring about whats going on at city hall come on people...

-- Posted by Laura001 on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 9:36 PM

Well another shocker...I guess that is why this "community" loses qualified workers. For some strange reason they tend to hire "certain" people. That being said, it is funny how those not given interviews seem to get them in places like Avon, Plainfield, and Indianapolis. Maybe that is part of the reason our "community" is in a rut. Heaven help you hire a college graduate who is a veteran around these parts. I guess their are only so many county and city jobs for friends and relatives.

-- Posted by WickedSpring64 on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 10:55 PM

If this is a public office paid for by our tax dollars, it does effect us personally. I think we pay outrageous amounts for water and sewar. Knowing I have been paying enough to create a surplus to hire someone else to do a job only requiring one person effects me personally. Our rights and responsiblity require us to look into corruption. Nepotism is not a healthy policy in most institutions, especially government. Having a position filled before it was officially created is unethical, if that is indeed what happened. We the People, are the only ones to hold our government responsible. Many public officials hope the giant stays asleep. Someone has set the alarm.

-- Posted by sickhorse on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 8:35 AM

sick horse let me say it doenst matter !!yes i know you pay water and the prices are crazy,but everyone pays for water and we get to vote and we voted for karen to be our city clerk treasure..... i think she knows what shes doing and will make the best decisions she can with what she has.... I was mostly saying that most of the comments on here are so crazy and worrying about whats going on down at city hall because no one has anything to worry about.

-- Posted by Laura001 on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 9:31 AM

If you can't see Ann Bradshaw pulling the strings on this you are blind or related to her!

-- Posted by driverdude on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 10:01 AM

Respectfully, Laura001, I completely disagree. As someone who pays their salary, it is my job as a citizen to make sure that things are on the up and up. Just because they were voted into office does not give them the right to do as they please without being held accountable. I do not see how the city can continue to add positions and provide insurance for extra people when other cities are going broke. As an isolated incident I would not question this too much. But the track history of this administration over the last six months of its term is disturbing. If rumors prove true, this is another family member that suddenly has a job when so many are out of work. I don't agree with the way some people are saying things on this board, but I do agree with what they are saying.

-- Posted by CaptDan on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 10:26 AM


I loved your first comment, it really shows that you care what happens in Brazil.

and part of ur other comment: we get to vote and we voted for karen to be our city clerk treasure . I voted her to do the job coz' there was No one else. i didn't see Marry Staubee or anyone to help her. I wanted to write in ....the big truck infront of Bedwell's . think it would of did a better job

one less person out of a job and on govt' assistance.

I guess you are right not to worry what goes on @ city hall. It seems it's a family matter...lol

Maybe Brazil , you will research whom you vote for.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 11:02 AM

We are all accountable to someone. I will not just assume someone is doing the job we hired them to do. I question authority and I will respectfully raise my hand first. But, I stopped drinking the Kool-Aid a long time ago. If we just assumed every lawmaker had our best interest as their top priority, we would still be sending taxes across the pond.

-- Posted by sickhorse on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 2:01 PM

I just hope that the new mayor will take care of this problem, If he can....

-- Posted by xray on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 9:58 PM

Hope all goes well during the next four years.

-- Posted by brazilbooster on Thu, Jan 5, 2012, at 5:24 AM

What happened to posting jobs so ALL qualified had a chance to apply....another embarrassing move for the former Brazil City government!

-- Posted by myrtle52 on Mon, Jan 9, 2012, at 8:55 PM

Brazil City is the only employer that I know of that has insurance benefits for what I see as PART TIME employees and family members.

-- Posted by leelie on Tue, Jan 10, 2012, at 2:24 AM

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