Ocean City Today

Resort, fire company to hire for recruitment, retention job

Listing to go live within two weeks, will assist chief in managing OCVFC personnel
By Greg Ellison | Feb 15, 2018
Photo by: File Photo Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company President Jay Jester received approval to create a new position to assure membership numbers.

(Feb. 16, 2018) Maintaining the ranks will be the primary charge of the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company’s recently approved Retention and Recruitment Coordinator position.

Fire Company President Jay Jester presented the staffing request at a City Council work session on Tuesday.

“Last time I was here asking for something was about a decade ago,” he said. “We’re looking for a continued partnership.”

The newly created city employee position would assist the fire chief in all aspects of managing personnel, Jester said.

“Minimize loss of personal and maximize bringing people into the department,” he said.

Councilman John Gehrig asked Jester what staffing levels are being sought.

With 77 volunteers, Jester said the company is about one third under its goal of 125 members.

“We would like to see that number maximized in a two-year period,” he said. “The [intent] is losing no less than five percent and gaining 15 percent for a net of 10 percent.”

The position would involve daily oversight of volunteers, as well as monitoring participation and providing individual attention where required.

The salary range will be between $33,000 and $43,000, Jester said, and noted City Manager Doug Miller agreed with the range.

“We’re so committed to it we’re willing to take care of the salary for the first two years,” he said.

Jester did ask the council for assistance with employee benefits, specifically health insurance.

“You’re going to get premium numbers down to where it’s palatable,” he said. “It would be very difficult for us to foot that bill.”

After two years, if all parties agree the position was effective, Jester said the city would assume all salary costs.

Following a unanimous vote to support the request, with Councilman Tony DeLuca and President Lloyd Martin absent, Jester said a recruitment campaign would begin next week.

“We will provide updates in six months,” he said.

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