WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem City Officials say they are short-staffed ahead of the weekend winter storm, but they have a plan. 

City Manager Ed McNeal says there are 32 open positions for equipment operators. For this weekend, other departments like Parks and Recreation, Utilities, and Sanitation will fill those spots. Employees with CDL permits will help drive plow trucks, salt trucks, and other big equipment vehicles. 

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City officials say they filled the open positions with other city department workers during the December winter storm as well. 

McNeal says the Business 40 project is making it challenging to hire more City equipment operators, because independent contractors usually pay more. 

Winston-Salem will have a job fair for Equipment Operators on Friday, January 25, 8 a.m. to noon, at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. Starting pay is between $13.78 and $15.77, depending on what kind of equipment is handled. 

Click here to learn more about the open positions and the job fair.