Burr Ridge trustees see the resignation of Assistant Village Administrator Lisa Scheiner as a potential savings opportunity for the village.
The board voted 4-2 Monday to seek a replacement for Scheiner, but at a lower pay scale and with a different title.
Village Administrator Steve Stricker had asked the board to approve the hiring of an assistant to the village administrator, at a starting salary of $55,000. That already is a savings of $20,000 from Scheiner’s salary, Stricker said.
“Let’s look at saving some money,” said Trustee John Manieri.
He suggested adding hours to the part-time event coordinator position, or hiring another part-time person to take over the tasks of the assistant to the village administrator.
Manieri and Diane Bolos voted against the hiring, with Bolos suggesting it be delayed until staff had a chance to try and absorb some of the assistant’s duties, which include the village’s website and newsletter, contract negotiations and the annual community survey.
“We don’t have a lot of staff to cover,” said Stricker, who warned Bolos a delay in hiring likely will mean that some tasks will go undone.
Stricker also warned that dropping the starting salary from $55,000 to $48,000 will have an impact on the quality of candidates the position attracts. A survey conducted by Stricker of nearby towns shows that $48,000 is well below the average minimum starting salary for the position.