PIEDMONT -- The City Council voted Monday to appropriate a total of $50,000 to pay for the services of an interim recreation director because of the retirement of longtime director Mark Delventhal.

Delventhal's official retirement is Dec. 27, but he is taking time off until then, City Administrator Geoff Grote said. Delventhal's duties and projects were many, including facilities maintenance, janitorial services, city improvement projects and running the multifaceted Recreation Department.

There are pending projects that must be attended to, including turf replacement at Beach field and locker room repairs at the swim complex. The city needs an interim replacement as soon as possible to shepherd the critical projects along until a full-time permanent director is hired by the new city administrator and council.

One key candidate for the no-benefits interim position of a four- to five-month duration is out of the country, Grote said. He hopes to secure someone in the next two weeks.

"The person has to hit the ground running, be experienced in all phases of the position," Grote said.

Other matters: The council also approved a policy to protect the privacy of residential project applicants. Those applicants who request it can have their names redacted from online versions of City Council or Planning Commission agendas or minutes that reach a much wider readership on the Internet. City Clerk John Tulloch explained that official records at City Hall containing applicant's names will continue to be available for public review. Anyone who takes the podium at the Planning Commission or City Council meetings will be identified in the minutes.

The policy grew out of concern by some residents that linking their name to their address may threaten their privacy. Since 2008, Piedmont has not posted staff reports for planning matters on its website, unlike most cities.

"It is an important policy to protect the privacy of our citizens to the extent it is legal," Vice Mayor Margaret Fujioka said.

An employee classification consultant -- Koff & Associates -- was also approved by the council for no more than $11,320. Finance and Human Resources Director Erick Cheung said the last study of its kind was done about 10 years ago.

The city's miscellaneous nonsworn employees number 33 full-time permanent positions in 18 job classifications. The consultant will conduct interviews with employees, supervisors and management and analyze the job classifications, then provide a summary report to the council.

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