To the editor:
This letter is written in response to the recent request for more personnel in the city of Amsterdam's controller's office, that was published in Friday's paper. I am also copying the current administration; some already have received the attached information.
As a taxpayer in the city of Amsterdam, it is with great concern that this request is even being considered. When I left office, all systems were in place and processing everyday transactions correctly and timely, including all reporting necessary to meet the responsibilities of the controller. I also would like to point out that when I left office, there was one less staff member in the controller's office than there is now, we functioned this way since 2010, and smoothly may I add. As soon as this newly elected controller was in office, he re-hired personnel, when it was more than apparent this position was not needed. Now, he is requesting yet more staff?
I did research to be able to reduce staffing and save taxpayers money, this controller has only spent more and more on unnecessary personnel. From the nine different municipalities researched, the highest number of employees with similar budgets and population have no more than six personnel (including the treasurer or controller) to facilitate everyday operations in these offices. This controller wants 10 employees -- seems like a huge disparity as compared to other municipalities.
When it comes to the staff in the controller's office, they are very capable and dependable. It is not their job or function to act as the accountant for the city, this is what the controller is elected to do. Maybe the controller should read the job functions and duties that each position clearly outlines, all approved by the CSEA and state authorities.
I implemented the new accounting software to reduce personnel hours needed to get the job done. It is obvious that this controller wants nothing to do with what he was elected to do, instead he wants to hire someone to do his job. All at the expense of every taxpayer in this city.
I would have copied the current controller, unfortunately it appears that he does not have e-mail according to the city website. Please forward this to his attention.
Concerned taxpayer . . .
Heather E. Reynicke,
The writer is a former controller in the city of Amsterdam.