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The City of Edmond will create 31 new full-time positions effective July 1. (Depositphotos image/zimmytws)

EDMOND – The city of Edmond is hiring.

Beginning July 1, Edmond will create 31 new full-time positions. Of these, 16 should go to public security, the rest are distributed among various departments.

There are also many other full-time positions to be filled, some of which have been available since January. The city also offers six seasonal summer positions and two part-time positions. Applications for all positions will be accepted until positions are filled.

“The challenge really comes when you look at public works, electricity and water resources,” Scot Rigby, the city manager, said at the budget hearing. “These are critical positions. You must have someone working at the sewage treatment plant. You must have someone to work on the electrics.”

If we don’t have that staff and the power goes out, the outage doesn’t last two hours, it’s six hours now, he said.

“I think we’re seeing the same thing that a lot of cities and a lot of companies are seeing,” said Bill Begley, the city’s spokesman. “So we’re doing everything we can to make sure we’re competitive, that we’re offering good opportunities, opportunities that include not just decent pay but good benefits, training and advancement opportunities.”

The Edmond Fire Department and Police Department are also hiring.

“There are always jobs, but working for the Edmond Fire and Edmond Police is a very attractive option for people in the public safety field,” Begley said. “This is a very desirable place to come and work if you are a public safety professional.”

In an ongoing effort to attract applicants, the city is also offering $2,000 hiring bonuses for its hard-to-fill positions, such as engineering, field service, and waste.

“We approached the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University,” said Steve Manek, director of engineering. “We’re trying everything we can and hoping there’s a lot of graduates at the moment. Hopefully we can find some who are interested in coming here.”

Since the pandemic began, many have adapted to remote work, and Edmond is offering remote work opportunities for select positions.

“People are staying at home more, working and looking for opportunities abroad. Everyone out there pays more, so you compete on the pay scale with a lot of people in the private sector,” Begley said. “We can work remotely and make this flexible schedule available to those who can complete their tasks remotely.”

The city also offers a range of benefits to its full-time employees, such as: B. a retirement plan, health insurance, life insurance and paid time off. For the employee health insurance, 75-100% of the premium costs are incurred, which are borne by the city. According to the city’s website, the city also offers employees a health clinic free of charge.

“We also recruit through social media, job postings, attend job fairs with state colleges and universities, reach out to the younger workforce and try to educate them about the benefits of working for a community like Edmond,” Begley said.

For more information on career opportunities with the City of Edmond, visit the City’s website.

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