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Turnover prompts the commission to name an acting town clerk and implement incentive raises.
By SHEILA MULLANE ESTRADA
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 25, 2001
REDINGTON BEACH -- In its latest attempt to stabilize an important job, the commission has named Jill Pearson the acting town clerk.
Pearson, who was hired as assistant clerk about a year ago, received a $4,160 raise Tuesday, bringing her salary to $24,960 -- well below the $35,000 the town was paying its previous clerk, Grace Kolar.
Recognizing this disparity, the commission also approved annual pay "incentive" raises of $2,500, triggered each time Pearson attends clerk certification training classes sponsored annually by the state.
After two more courses -- which should take two years -- Pearson can be state-certified and be officially named town clerk.
Pearson is the fourth town clerk in less than two years.
She had been hoping to ascend to the position since last summer, when Kolar was hired with the understanding that she would train Pearson for the job.
Kolar resigned last month following a "philosophical disagreement" with the mayor over how she recorded minutes from commission meetings.
Kolar had replaced Nancy McCollum, who served for about a year before taking the same job in Belleair Beach.
McCollum had replaced Vicki McDonald, who left in July 1999 because of the commission's and mayor's "insensitivity" and "abuse and harassment" toward town employees.
In other action Tuesday, the commission also approved on first reading a new ordinance that would restrict beach lighting during turtle nesting season.