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Pierson chooses former Lake Helen clerk
By Joe Crews
posted Feb 27, 2014 - 11:34:43am
Pierson’s new town clerk will be Nancy Wilson, assuming she accepts the job. The Town Council voted unanimously Feb. 25 to offer her the position, which pays $30,000 a year plus benefits.
Pierson is replacing Town Clerk Debbie Bass, who resigned in December after her embezzlement of $71,000 in town funds was discovered. She repaid the money, enclosing a check with her resignation letter. Bass was arrested in January and charged with grand theft; her trial is tentatively set for March.
Wilson, the former city clerk in Lake Helen, actually was the last candidate standing when two other finalists dropped out of consideration before the Town Council’s Tuesday-night meeting.
Kendra Lively of Pierson opted to stay at Volusia County’s Waste Resources & Utilities Division in DeLand. She withdrew because she would be taking a pay cut, and the cost of dependent health-insurance coverage was too high, Deputy Clerk Barbara Peacock said.
Allison Bankston, a Seville resident, took a different job, Peacock said. Bankston had been working as an accounting clerk for Epic Management Services in Deltona.
Peacock said a criminal-background check of Wilson came back clean, and she was waiting for a financial-background report.
But Town Council Member Herbert Bennett said financial reports can be misleading, so he made a motion to hire Wilson.
“We need a clerk right now,” Bennett said.
Wilson served five-and-a-half years as the city clerk in Lake Helen until she resigned in October. She has a Bachelor of Science in business administration and computer systems from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.
Pierson Mayor James Sowell said he talked with his Lake Helen counterpart, Buddy Snowden, and was told Snowden had tried to convince Wilson to return, to no avail. Snowden had high praise for Wilson, Sowell said.
Council Member Bobby Greenlund said he was sure Wilson would be effective from her first day on the job, given her experience.
If she agrees to take the job, Peacock will negotiate a start date for her, which can’t be too soon for some Town Council members. Wilson will be on probation for three months, the norm for new town employees, Bennett said.
“She’s not being singled out,” he said.
The State Attorney’s Office notified the Town of Pierson in early February that Bass has a pretrial hearing scheduled before Judge Margaret Hudson March 4, with a trial tentatively set for March 24.
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