Village council has approved changing the elected clerk- treasurer position to an appointed fiscal officer.
Linda Srnec has served as clerk-treasurer for 21 years and announced in August that she would resign from her post Nov. 30 before her term was complete.
The clerk-treasurer draws an annual salary of $27,000 and was responsible for all village finances, accounting, payroll and meeting minutes.
Now, council plans to divide those responsibilities, but has pledged the total annual cost to cover those duties will not exceed the current $27,000.
Solicitor Atty. Anthony D’Apolito said with Srnec’s vacancy came the opportunity to change the position to an appointed one.
Council created the fiscal appointed officer position in late October, and based on the mayor’s recommendation, council approved hiring Nick Srnec, who has extensive experience working for the Ohio Auditor’s office, on Nov. 7 at a salary yet to be determined by council. Nick and Linda Srnec are married.
Mayor Tim Sicafuse said four village residents, including Nick Srnec, expressed interest in the clerk-treasurer position, but two later withdrew.
Councilman Bill Dunnavant said the fiscal officer does not have a term limit and will serve until the officer resigns or council takes action to remove him or her.
Council also is strongly considering creating a deputy clerk position primarily to handle meeting minutes and hiring Automatic Data Processing, of Pittsburgh, to handle payroll. The annual cost for ADP to do payroll is about $2,600, Sicafuse said.
That would leave about $24,400 total to be used for both annual salaries of fiscal officer and deputy clerk, if council does move to create that position.
Councilman Robert Limmer said appointing the fiscal officer is a good decision for the long term because it opens the position to people outside the village.
“By making this an appointed position we get someone more qualified,” said Limmer.