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Job center office to open at city hall

Job center office to open at city hall

February 6th, 2019 by Liz Morales in Local News

California City Hall

The Missouri Job Center will soon call City Hall home for the next six months. This decision was made during the Feb. 4 City of California Board of Aldermen meeting.

Moniteau County has not seen a career center for at least 15 years, Mike Kelley, president and CEO of Moniteau County Regional Economic Development, said in an interview with the Democrat.

"It's a great idea that they do this because the job centers help businesses find employees and introduces programs that would benefit business," Kelley said. "It would be a win for our county, if we can get one back here."

Alex Stanley, with the Central Workshop Development, of which Missouri Job Center is an affiliate, led a presentation on what could be expected of the service. There to accompany Stanley was Amber Huddleston and Tiffany Carmen.

Huddleston described 12 programs and services that can help those in Moniteau County to better their careers.

"We're basically out to help people without skills or education and help them get work-force ready," Huddleston said.

Stanley said he and his team have opened satellite locations for these programs in Fayette, Mexico, Fulton and, more recently, in Eldon.

While the motion was approved by the alderman, the satellite office will only be open for six months as a trial run. Huddleston will work from the vacant office next to the mayor's office, rent-free. This time and work will be subject to a contract, upon city attorney Ann Perry's review.

In other business, the council:

  • Met with Amanda Trimble, Moniteau County assessor, to discuss a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) flyover of Moniteau County
  • Approved a bid from Conrad Fire Equipment for $20,387.26 for self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA) for the California Fire Department.
  • Learned from Interim Police Chief Shane Templeton that two new police officers and one part-time officer have been hired.