Twin Lakes considering splitting clerk and treasurer jobs

tl-logoIn the late 1990s, Twin Lakes consolidated its clerk and treasurer posts into a single job and made it an appointed position in the process, as many other municipalities did at the same time.

Now village administrator Jennifer Frederick is asking the Twin Lakes Village Board to consider splitting the jobs again.

“It seems like there was a wave of consolidation; now there’s a wave of separating,” Frederick said.

Clerk and treasurer take different skills that could be better addressed with specialists, Frederick said.

“I think they are completely different skill sets,” Frederick said. Clerks deal with permits, records and related matters. Treasurers deal with finance, no small issue even in Twin Lakes with a $4 million budget.

A revision of the village’s charter ordinance submitted by Frederick breaks off the treasurer duties from clerk/treasurer and creates the new position of village accountant/treasurer.

The clerk duties would presumably stay with current clerk/treasurer Kathleen Richardson, while the village would hire someone new for accountant/treasurer, if the change is ultimately approved.

Frederick said she would foresee a recruiting period for the new job in the early part of 2015 with a hire made by March. She said she would like to see the person filling the position be an accountant or even a certified public accountant. The new accountant/treasurer would be appointed by the board and report to the village administrator for day-to-day supervision.

The change would require a two-thirds approval from the Village Board because it relates to the charter ordinance.

No board member expressed an objection to the change. Village President Howard Skinner was absent.

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