GENOA – The city of Genoa is looking for a little help from an intern.
The City Council has approved spending $8,500 to $11,000 for an intern to assist Joe Misurelli, the city’s part-time planning and development consultant.
“We’re blessed to have someone as talented as Joe in this position, but I think we could make better use of his talent out in the field,” Mayor Mark Vicary said as he introduced the subject of an intern at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
“I would like to see us get an intern to help with things like the website, the calendar and the newsletter to free up [Misurelli],” Vicary added.
“We want him to be able to do the work we hired him to do,” agreed 2nd Ward Alderman JoAnn Watson.
Misurelli said he contacted the internship coordinator at Northern Illinois University to explore the possibility of an unpaid intern.
“There was no interest in that at all,” Misurelli said, adding he was looking for someone with a background or an interest in communications.
Answering a question from 2nd Ward Alderman James Stevenson, both Misurelli and Vicary said they were not opposed to hiring a part-time employee if they aren’t able to locate a qualified intern.
Misurelli was hired by the city to address economic development issues in November 2002. Since that time, he has served as community development director, city administrator, and planning and development consultant.