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Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

The City of Alice is hoping to fill more than 20 vacancies this week, with a two job fairs scheduled to be held at city hall Thursday and Saturday.

City Manager Albert Uresti said he organized the two-day job fair to recruit employees to the city in a more proactive way.

"We have a lot of vacancies throughout the organization of the city, and we felt we needed to be more aggressive to recruit good employees," Uresti said. "I didn't feel enough had been done to reach out to the city of Alice's residents and the surrounding community."

The city's job fair will be held in the lobby of the Alice City Hall from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Uresti said the fair will include tables set up for each department in the city, with department heads and current employees available at each table to speak with potential employees.

"They'll be able to interview us, just as we are interviewing them," Uresti said.

Representatives of the city's insurance provider will also be on hand to discuss the city's benefits, which Uresti said will be an important part of the fair.

"Although we are happy and excited that the oil companies are doing well, obviously we have to compete with them for employees," Uresti said. "And one thing that we do provide is 100 percent health insurance. We have health insurance and a retirement plan, it's not just a salary. There's other benefits to being a city employee."

Open positions in the city include street crews, truck drivers, grounds keepers, crossing guards, construction workers, customer service representatives, sanitation crewperson, fire fighters and waste water treatment plant operator.

In addition to those positions, the city has several upper-level positions available, including assistant city manager, civil engineer, public works director and human resources manager.

Those who choose to fill out applications for employment at the fair must be able to provide a Social Security number and a driver's license number, Uresti said.