The board granted approval at its Tuesday meeting for the position, which commands a salary of $109,200 as well as an additional $1,500 for cellphone and office expenses.
“It’s actually a position that we previously had and that we are just filling again, but we’ve re-evaluated the position’s needs and so forth and enhanced the position a bit from where it was,” DiMassimo said.
The position was previously held by Mike Cates until he moved out of state about six months ago. At the time, deputy DOT director Dan McDuff inherited his responsibilities.
“When he left, we absorbed the preconstruction and construction oversight into the deputy director job, and so Dan McDuff had been trying to do all of that, but what we found is that the workload really requires that we need both positions, so what we’re doing is just recreating that position again,” she said.
McDuff has recently moved out of state as well, so DiMassimo is advertising to fill both spots.
“The workload is simply more than a single position really can ride herd over,” she said.
County Chairman Tim Lee said he supported DiMassimo’s request.
“I think that’s what she needs to do,” Lee said.
In her role as director, DiMassimo oversees 160 employees and a budget of $38.7 million.
That budget breaks down into $18.8 million for Cobb Community Transit, $13.2 million for operations, $5.2 million for operation of the county’s streetlight districts, $1.2 million for positions related to the management of SPLOST projects, and $285,609 for the county’s airport at McCollum