BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. - This month marks the second full year a western South Dakota town has gone without a city engineer on staff.
The Black Hills Pioneer reports that the city of Belle Fourche hopes casting a wider net will improve the changes of acquiring more qualified candidates for the job.
The city has received between eight and 10 applications for the vacant position after former engineer Ryan Kavan resigned in May 2016.
Steve Nafus is serving as the city's interim engineer. He says the city has contracted third-party group to perform the engineering tasks at the city's landfill until officials hire an engineer.
The city has advertised the position online, as well as at the South Dakota Municipal League, the American Public Works Association's magazine, state universities and nearly 140 out-of-state schools.
Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, http://www.bhpioneer.com
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