Binghamton Struggling To Fill Top City Jobs

By Justin Moss

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 30, 2007 at 7:31 PM EDT

Binghamton has top jobs open in city government, or will soon due to retirements.

But the Mayor Matt Ryan believes low pay is keeping qualified people away.

Treasurer, City Engineer, Deputy Comptroller.

Top positions in the City of Binghamton that are not filled.

Mayor Matt Ryan says salaries of many senior jobs are too low, and wants to raise pay.

He says adding money in the budget is worth the expense.

"A few thousand dollars here isn't going to make a difference in the budget. It might make a difference in getting a really qualified person for a job," says Ryan.

Action News found current salaries for Binghamton's open positions are similar to cities like Utica and Elmira.

For example, Binghamton advertises a salary of 73-thousand for a city engineer.

In Elmira, the positions pays 76-thousand, and in Utica about 60-thousand.

But Binghamton's Mayor says low pay is an issue for other city jobs too.

"We've lost a lot of workers to the county, and other organizations. Very, very qualified people. Their experience goes out the door like that," says Ryan.

Ryan says the city is getting an experienced person to fill one position.

Jack Cahill used to run the County Office of Real Property, and will be the city's temporary assessor.

After questions about Cahill's experience, Ryan says Cahill does have certification from the state and could begin next week.

But the state must recommend whether Cahill can become the permanent assessor.

"There is a process where they have to review his qualifications, regardless of what we say they are, they want to see him, but he is qualified to do the position," says Ryan.

Ryan says Cahill could then be hired permanently for the full-time job.

Just one of the many positions the city hopes to fill soon.

Mayor Ryan has not made any specific proposals for how much to increase salaries.

He says it's an issue he plans to work with the next city council on.

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