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COVID-19 creates new jobs for the city of Pueblo

Posted at 5:31 PM, Aug 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 08:52:26-04

PUEBLO — As we navigate through a shaky economy, endless jobless claims, and people out of work, it turns out this public health crisis has created new jobs in Pueblo.

News5 spoke to Mayor Nick Gradisar about the openings, and why he considers the positions necessary to help keep small businesses open.

"The city needs a COVID-19 communications manager. This person would essentially be the press agent for all things Coronavirus, for the city of Pueblo," Gradisar said.

The communications manager would have to write press releases for the media, engage with residents on social media, and keep up with the latest COVID-19 information from the state health department.

"We're bringing this person on board between now and the end of the year, to help us educate our citizens here about what's going on and what they need to do to protect themselves," he said.

The city is also looking to hire ten COVID-19 Education Technicians. These workers would go out into the community and educate bar, restaurant, and businesses owners about the city's variance.

"I think there's some confusion out there about the variance and what the requirements are. The primary function of the technicians would be to observe and report violations," the Mayor explained.

The education technicians would report to Code Enforcement Manager Karen Wilson. These men and women won't have the ability to arrest anyone or write-up tickets, but they will have the Mayor's ear.

"If businesses don't follow the rules they could have to temporarily close. The last thing we want is for our infection rate to get out of control."

The application deadline has already passed, but for more information on these job openings, click here.