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City of Peoria struggled to fill snowplow team

The team is filled but applications continue to be slim
Snow plow clearing roadway in Peoria.
Snow plow clearing roadway in Peoria.(WEEK/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Nov. 10, 2021 at 2:25 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 10, 2021 at 2:26 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News) - Snowplow operators are crucial in the City of Peoria and the Midwest in general as winters can be harsh and difficult to deal with. Clearing roadways not only allow for you to go to work, but it also allows for safer travel for emergency personnel if needed.

The snowplowing team is usually a highly sought-after position with the City of Peoria Public Works Department that pays very well, however, this year things are different.

Sie Maroon, Deputy Director of the Peoria Department of Public Works tells us that the qualified applicant pool has been very small.

“I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that we didn’t see many applications. Typically we have quite a few applications that we go through to hire the winter temporary help.” Said, Maroon.

It has been a song that has been sung all year with employers struggling to fill positions. Workers across the country have been quitting jobs in droves for multiple reasons. Maroon says that all he can do is speculate as to why applicants have been few and far between.

Despite the hardships of finding workers, he told us that the team is in a good place and they have filled the necessary spots.

“Normally people are knocking down the doors, you know, to come out here and work for us. Even if it’s for four or five months season. There’s always a good number of people that want to come out here and drive a plow truck for the winter. And we just didn’t see that. So we’ve been able to hire some people and you know, we’re going to be in good shape, but it just took us a little longer.” Said, Maroon.

Being a snowplow operator in the City of Peoria pays around $30 per hour and you are expected at work when snow is in the forecast, no matter what day or time it is. To qualify you must have a CDL Type B license and Sie says snowplow experience is nice but not a dealbreaker if you don’t have any.

They are still accepting applications and plan on hiring a few more drivers. If you are interested, contact the Peoria Department of Public Works.

The city of Peoria has over 400 miles of roadway that must be cleared when large amounts of snowfall hits the River City.

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