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Pierson town clerk choice wants more money
By Joe Crews
posted Mar 6, 2014 - 10:39:26am
Nancy Wilson, who was chosen to fill the position of town clerk in Pierson, wants a higher salary than the position was advertised as paying.
The Town Council will hold a special meeting to discuss how to respond.
Wilson, a Lake Helen resident, sent an email to Pierson Town Hall Feb. 28, thanking the Town Council for selecting her, then asking if the town would consider a starting salary of $38,500 instead of the advertised annual pay of $30,000.
More than 50 people applied to be Pierson’s town clerk after the former clerk, Debbie Bass, resigned in late 2013 after confessing to taking $71,000 in town funds for personal use. Bass repaid the money; she was arrested and is awaiting trial on theft charges.
Wilson was the ultimate choice to replace Bass after a two-month process of whittling down candidates, which left Wilson and two other finalists. However, the other two dropped out of consideration, leaving Wilson as the sole candidate remaining.
In her email, Wilson details her arguments for needing higher pay: a much higher previous salary as Lake Helen’s town clerk; the time and expense involved in commuting to Pierson; having a bachelor’s degree when the previous clerk did not; and the fact that she has the same amount of experience and knowledge as the previous clerk, who was earning $38,500 after 10 years on the job.
The Town Council and mayor will hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 6, to discuss Wilson’s request and determine how to proceed. It’s likely they’ll consider several options: meeting her request, denying it, or meeting it at some specified future date.
If Wilson decides against taking the job, the Town Council could reopen the application process.
Complicating the process is that Pierson Deputy Clerk Barbara Peacock, who has been filling in as clerk, will be leaving her job March 14 to take another position.
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