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Trustees approve pay increase for administrator

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Four of six trustees approved a $10,000 pay increase for Village Administrator Heather Kimmons based on her performance during nearly eight months on the job. Voting in favor of the increase were trustees Jeff Allsup, Marilyn Johnson, Eric Morr and Bob Rasho.

Kimmons, a former assistant attorney general and deputy public access counselor for the State of Illinois Office of the Illinois Attorney General, will earn an $80,000 salary effective Jan. 1, an amount equal to that of her predecessor.

“I accepted this position at a salary which was approximately $10,000 lower than the previous administrator’s given my self-acknowledged inexperience in municipal management. I feel at this point, however, that I have demonstrated my work product to be worthy of the salary of a proven administrator,” Kimmons told trustees. Kimmons assumed her duties as Forsyth’s fifth Village administrator on May 1, 2010, at a beginning salary of $70,000.

Kimmons has tackled a range of challenges during her first months on the job, including researching and developing an agreement that will result in savings for the Village’s purchase of energy. She also has succeeded in reducing the Village’s legal fees, helped complete the Village’s strategic plan, streamlined Board meetings, and increased communication and accountability among staff and trustees.

Additionally, she guided the process for trustees to enact an amendment to the Village’s 17-year-old liquor ordinance and assumed responsibility for the review and approval or denial of requests pertaining to temporary display permits. Most recently, Kimmons has spearheaded a move to reform Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals processes in an effort to encourage greater consistency.

“I truly appreciate the Board’s show of faith in me to this point. We’ve gotten off to a very positive start,” Kimmons says. But, she notes, much work remains to be done. “This is the only the beginning,” she says.

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