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Candidates interviewed for Campbell administrator post

Published: Fri, January 21, 2011 @ 12:04 a.m.

Staff report


Mayor William VanSuch is interviewing candidates for the job of city administrator, he confirmed Thursday.

One of three candidates is Lew Jackson, who has been in the post since December 2007. VanSuch would not say who the other two candidates are.

He said he intends to make up his mind within a week.

The position, which had been part time when Jackson was appointed, is now full time and pays $30,000 a year.

According to the city’s home-rule charter, the city administrator is responsible for the general supervision and proper operation of the police, fire, street and parks and sewage-treatment departments.

The administrator is the manager of the water department and is a purchasing agent for all city departments.

VanSuch, the former council president, became mayor Jan. 5 after former Mayor George Krinos resigned.

VanSuch dismissed Krinos’ full-time secretary, Denise Sarigianopoulos, with a termination letter Jan. 7, he said.

His new secretary is Judie Clement, a former clerk of council, who began work Jan. 10.

“I wanted someone I was comfortable with, and Judie has a lot of experience,” he said.

Clement’s work-weeks will not exceed 30 hours, he said.

The full-time secretary had been an issue with council because the city didn’t appropriate money to pay her $21,000-a-year salary.

Krinos, who began his two-year term in December 2009, told council in January 2010 that he would forgo his city health-care benefits to pay for the secretary. But in March, he began taking those benefits again.

VanSuch said he is taking his benefits, but, as a single person, his are only $4,000 a year vs. Krinos’ family plan at $16,000. He said that the city is saving around $16,000 a year because his benefits cost less and his secretary is part time.


1michael1757(489 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I was wondering how much Mss. Clement will be making. As a former employee,she's not gonna work for minimum wage. He say's he only covered in the health care plan,but what's gonna happen when someone in his family turn's up ill,or hurt? Does someone check to see what plan,or who's on these plan's? Once someone's ill,or hurt,then it's too late because the plan will already be paid,(by us),& then someone from the city will want to hire a lawyer,to get the money back,only costing the city more money. Oh,if his secretary is part-time,why isn't the mayor? There can't be that much business to conduct in a town the size of Campbell,& it's getting smaller. I'm gonna try to sell my house & get outta here.

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2mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Good luck trying to sell your house------it will be more like giving it away. Trust me, because I have tried. I must have gotten the wrong info----because I thought the plan was for Jack Dill to be the city administrator. Let's wait and see how it plays out.

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3LongArmODLaw(22 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Am I the only one who sees the absurdity in having a City Administrator? A city that small has no need for such a position; especially at that inflated salary (quote fails to include cost of benefits, PERS, workers comp) The real figure is likely closer to $50,000. I believe it is the mayor's job to supervise the police, fire, street depts, please correct me if I am mistaken. In addition, the last time I looked all the departments already have an administrator. The mayor should become fiscally responsible and do his job, instead of hiring someone else to do what he was appointed/elected for. Furthermore, use those funds to hire what that city really needs more police!

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