The City Council has given Mayor Alma Leonhardt a second hat to wear - that of city administrator.

The council's unanimous vote to hire the mayor for the post came Tuesday night, despite objections from several Providence residents who felt the decision was being made too quickly.However, City Councilman Randy Simmons defended the action, saying the council has discussed a need for a city manager for two years. Council members argued that Leonhardt is already familiar with the city's operations - and willing to do the job without retirement or health benefits.

Growth has placed new demands on the city employees, Simmons said, noting that Brent Speth has been serving as both the city administrator and building inspector.

The proposal to make Leonhardt the administrator of Providence is not really a big change for the city, Simmons said.

"What we are proposing is the main form of government under the Utah code," he said. "What we have been doing is essentially a variation of that."

A public hearing will be held on March 24 to discuss the mayor's salary, Providence City Clerk Skarlet Bankhead said.