By Lauren Cabral

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE - The City Council considered a five-year personnel plan at its Tuesday meeting, which showed a total of 31 unfunded positions for the next fiscal year compared to 13 in 2011.

Ryan Haverlah, assistant director of financial services and budget director for the city, said of the proposed unfunded positions for fiscal year 2012, 15.5 were new positions requested by department heads.

City Manager Andrea Gardner emphasized the plan was for long-term planning purposes and did not allocate funding. Unfunded positions could become funded upon council authorization, she said.

The proposed plan showed 288 funded positions and 13 unfunded positions for this fiscal year, and 279 funded and 31 unfunded for FY 2012.

Haverlah said department heads submitted projections to city staff, and had to justify positions they were adding.

Population growth, demand for services, new services, technology and other factors went into departmental position submissions.

Gardner said the plan partnered with the Capital Improvement Plan, since it helped prepare for new city developments.

The city does not have an adopted multi-year personnel plan. The plan presented by city staff is designed to allow the council to create authorized unfunded positions.

In a workshop prior to the meeting, Central Texas Council of Governments representatives presented Project 25, a set of protocols that allow for seamless integration of various radio manufacturer systems by all entities in a city.

All public safety radio systems must be narrow banded by 2013, said Executive Director Jim Reed. The cost to the city to implement the project will be substantial - estimates for city contributions total $4,609,754.

The benefits of implementing a geographical information system, an analytic and graphing tool, also was discussed.

In other action, Copperas Cove council members:

Authorized a contract with Patillo, Brown and Hill LLP to conduct the city's 2011 fiscal year audit for $44,000.

Appointed Josefina Castillo and reappointed John Noel, Randy Curtis, Diane Connell, Bradi Diaz, Billy Sanders, Ross Caviness, Randy Sutton, Harold Irlbeck, Larry Letzer Sr. and Janie French to the Copperas Cove Hospital Authority Board of Directors.

Presented Employee Service Awards to Robert Mitchell for five years as a recycling and residential driver with the solid waste department, and to Kimberly Baxter for five years as an administrative assistant at the fire department.

Contact Lauren Cabral at or (254) 501-7476.

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