ALEDO -- Aledo hired its first-ever plumbing inspector late last week, after going years without meeting the state requirement.
Don Korns of Aledo was hired as full-time inspector and gas superintendent during a special city council meeting Friday.
He will begin his new job in two weeks, earning $10.89 per hour as superintendent, and $1.50 extra for plumbing inspector duties.
Mr. Korns will be the first Aledo official to make sure plumbing in all new residential and commercial buildings meets state codes, city public works director Mike Collins said.
State law requires municipalities the size of Aledo to hire such an inspector, Mr. Collins added.
Mr. Korns replaces Bob Harmon, who retired as gas superintendent in late June.
Some controversy swirled around the hiring, with at least one alderman saying the plumbing inspector post should have been advertised before the decision was made to hire Mr. Korns. Mr. Collins said Friday that city attorney Dwight Shoemaker could not find a state statute that requires such advertising before the hiring of any city employee.
Mr. Shoemaker and Alds. Curt McCormick and Bob Figanbaum did not attend the meeting. The vote to hire Mr. Korn was unanimous.