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New City Manager Making Changes in Callaway

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These news changes have been the topic of discussion in recent months in Callaway and Collins was the first to put the problems to rest.

First on his list? Imposing a hiring freeze to stop anyone from being hired by the city.

"That's important because you have to get the budget under control," said Collins. "You have to get this debt under control and you can't keep hiring employees at big salaries unless you control the debt first."

After just his first week on the job, Collins says this change is vital in stopping Callaway's debt from spinning out of control. Also on the chopping block was the four day work week. Starting Tuesday, Collins is cross training three employees so that they can accommodate any customers using city hall on Fridays.

That includes the cashier position and activating any utilities for new customers.

Collins says this is a simple solution to a hot topic item.

"What that does is it enables the city to produce 50 hours a week of service to the citizen while doing it on a 40 hour work pay week so that will really help us move forward," said Collins.

The five day work week will be activated on January 11th of next year. Collins says while not everyone will always agree on certain changes he is going to do whatever is in the best interest of the city and it's citizens.

The next Callaway commission meeting is scheduled for October 23rd at 6 o'clock PM.