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December 03, 2013 | 02:12 PMFONTANA — Village Administrator Kelly Hayden will leave her position Dec. 6, and a replacement administrator has yet to be found.
Hayden resigned from the village in October after accepting a job in Delavan. Starting Dec. 9, Village Clerk Dennis Martin will serve as interim village manager.
In November, the village board approved a human resources contract with Al Kaminski. The board asked Kaminski to evaluate the management needs of the village.
Kaminski, who said he has more than 35 years of public sector human capital management experience, is in the first stages of determining those needs.
“I’m a resident (of Fontana),” he said. “I’m very familiar with the community. I’m familiar with (residents’) wants and needs. I also understand government fairly well.”
Kaminski is currently president of the police and fire commission for the village.
“I was asked to come in to advise as to immediate tactical planning needs starting off with the replacement for the administrator and the search for new candidates for that position,” he said. “I will advise an appropriate process in that regard.”
While the final decision on who is hired as village administrator is still up to the village board, Kaminski said he will have suggestions for management staffing by the end of the year.
“I was asked to conduct several other tactical planning efforts as it relates to human resources management in the village,” he said.
“(We’ll determine) what is required in terms of bringing the village’s human resources needs up-to-date and refine those if needed. It’s yet to be determined what all that will involve. Right now, I’m concentrating on interviewing all the village employees and understanding the municipal codes as they relate to the position as administrator, getting a pulse on what the relationships are.”
Before any changes are made, Kaminski said the village’s first priority is to find a replacement for Hayden.
“All things flow from that,” he said. “Then (we) develop a long-range plan for change in those areas that are identified as needing correction, update, modification or overhaul.”
When Hayden leaves the administrator position in Fontana, the village will buy out her sick and vacation days.
The total buyout will be nearly $40,000.
“I want to clarify that this sick time and vacation time (buyout) is routine,” Hayden said. “It’s done for every employee who has been vested (with the village) for more than 10 years.”
Hayden said the same buyout was done with Director of Public Works Craig Workman left in 2012.
“I’m not sure why I am the headline (in the Walworth Fontana Times Nov. 22 issue),” she said. “Anybody who has been here more than 10 years has their sick time bought out, and everybody who leaves has their vacation bank bought out.”
Hayden’s 2013 salary is $83,733, with 50 percent coming from the general fund, 25 percent from the sewer department and 25 percent from the water department.
Since 2004, Hayden’s salary has increased more than $24,000.
From 2006 to 2008, Hayden was given a per diem of $1,200. In 2009, the per diem was increased to $3,000.
Please see page 3B for a related article about the village board’s discussion of administrator replacement salary.