Move comes as Howells prepares to take over leadership of the village
Village of Belgium Clerk-Deputy Treasurer Jamie Cecil has submitted her resignation effective Tuesday, April 26.
Trustee Vickie Boehnlein, chairman of the Finance and Personnel Committee, called an emergency closed-session meeting for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, to evaluate staff and discuss how the vacancy should be filled.
Newly elected village president Richard Howells, who wonâ€™t take office until April 19, will attend the meeting.
In her letter of resignation to Village President Kevin Kowalkowski, Cecil said it was with â€śvery deep sadnessâ€ť she decided to resign and accept an office manager job.
â€śIt was a difficult decision, but I have full confidence in the staff,â€ť Cecil said Wednesday.
Boehnlein said the committee will discuss how the vacancy will be filled in open session, then adjourn to closed session to evaluate the current staff.
â€śI expect we will be making a recommendation to the Village Board for next weekâ€™s re-organization meeting, and that will be done in open session,â€ť she said.
â€śI was shocked and disappointed (by Cecilâ€™s resignation). I understand why she did it. Sheâ€™s had a rough couple of years and she has a good opportunity, but the timing couldnâ€™t be more atrocious.â€ť
Kowalkowski said he will not be at the meeting, but recommended Howells, who defeated him in the April 5 election, be there.
â€śIt makes no sense to make a decision, then have him veto it the next week. Rich has to be brought up to speed, and they have to make a decision that everyone will agree to,â€ť Kowalkowski said.
â€śI was disappointed she (Cecil) resigned, but I guess I wasnâ€™t surprised with all the crap sheâ€™s been through. I think she foresaw nothing but more problems.
â€śItâ€™s going to hurt the village. Sheâ€™s going to be hard to replace.â€ť
Cecil was appointed to her job for a two-year term in January, succeeding Lila Mueller, who was the clerk for 29 years. In September, Mueller accepted a severance package worth $55,000 payable over three years.
Mueller hired Cecil for a part-time office position in 2005. Cecil later became the full-time deputy clerk and was appointed treasurer-deputy clerk in January 2010.
Treasurer-Deputy Clerk Kelly Romanini was selected from a field of 17 candidates in February for a three-year term after Cecil accepted the clerk job.
Howells said he was shocked by Cecilâ€™s resignation and wishes her well. He said heâ€™s been meeting with staff members, trustees, officials of other municipalities, village organizations and former staff and
trustees as he prepares for next weekâ€™s reorganization meeting.