LANARK – The city will continue to receive help with its finances until a new treasurer is trained or hired.
Lanark aldermen voted unanimously Nov. 7 to keep employing Erica Shaw of Savanna, the bookkeeper at the Carroll County Senior Center, as an accounting consultant. Shaw has been assisting since former treasurer Carol Kruzek was fired Oct. 12.
Mayor Ken Viglietta provided aldermen a list of 11 reasons he fired Kruzek, who was appointed in 2014. Kruzek has said the reasons are either for duties of the utility clerk and not the treasurer, or are “malicious lies.”
A proposed ordinance by Ward 3 Alderman Jay VanMatre, that the mayor could suspend city employees with pay until council review, will be explored by City Attorney Ed Mitchell.
Of Shaw, Viglietta said Nov. 7, “She’s got all of the daily fines stopped, payroll liabilities caught up with, and bills paid.”
At the Oct. 17 meeting, Viglietta had put forth Shaw’s name as a candidate for the treasurer’s position, but she did not meet the state’s residency requirement.
“A village can have a non-resident treasurer if it’s under 10,000 people, but a city cannot,” Mitchell said Nov. 7.
Donna Burgh, who recently moved back to Lanark from Mount Carroll, is a temporary administrative assistant on Mondays and Tuesdays. She has been training on payroll, and continues as the assistant.
Shannon Village Clerk Denise Bormann, 55, was hired Sept. 5 as Lanark’s utility clerk, working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. She is splitting the city clerk duties with Viglietta, and is earning $13,000 as Lanark’s utility clerk.
The council continues to look for treasurer candidates. VanMatre asked if the Personnel Committee could take part in the search.
“I would relish any suggestions. If you want to qualify some people, that’d be beautiful,” Viglietta said.
Ward 3 Alderman Mark Macomber said, “I think when we get to that point, we should have some roundtable meeting and get to know the candidates.”