BRAINERD, MN — The Brainerd City Council on Monday approved a recommendation from the Brainerd Park Board
to create a park maintenance foreman, according to the Brainerd Dispatch.
The position will be similar to the vacant parks maintenance supervisor position, which is not being replaced, but will be a "jack of all trades," said council member Mary Koep, in that along with supervising duties the employee will also do maintenance.
Unlike the parks maintenance position, the foreman will be a union position making 90 percent of the former supervisor''s pay and hiring for the position will be done internally, the article stated.
According to the early retirement taken by the former parks maintenance supervisor, the position wasn''t supposed to be filled for three years, the article noted.
According to the article, council member Bob Olson was surprised by the creation of the foreman position, which to him was a change in title only, when in March Park Director Wayne Mooney has proposed laying off six people for six months out of the year.
"The park director evidently didn''t like the part of the early retirement where he wouldn''t have a supervisor for three years, so he goes ahead and plays games with this [foreman position]," Olson said. "This would never happen in the private sector, nonsense like this."