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April 4, 2013

Lake Placid village clerk placed on leave

Village looks for replacement amid apparent legal slough

LAKE PLACID — The village clerk here has been released from her duties.

The step was taken by Mayor Craig Randall, and the village looks to replace Kathryn McKillip, who has held the job since July 2004.

McKillip is on paid administrative leave until a new person is appointed, according to Trustee Jason Leon.

Randall told the Village Board on Monday that it may take about six weeks before that can happen.

Wednesday, the mayor told the Press-Republican that the village has not resolved issues uncovered by a state audit relating to monies that the clerk might have received.

“The previous board had made it clear that I post the village clerk’s position. I wanted to try to clear the issue first,” Randall said.

“Here we come to the end of my first term as mayor, and it is still not resolved.”

HOLDOVER STATUS

There were not enough votes on the board for ratification of reappointment for McKillip, Randall said.

“There were two appointments required in our organizational meeting Monday night. Neither one of them, though for different reasons, received appointments. I had met with the clerk and indicated those circumstances (lack of votes for reappointment) to her and said we were going to post the position.”

The second appointment was for the position of village treasurer, a post held by Peggy Mousaw.

“That matter is still under discussion,” the mayor said. “She remains in a holdover position until we can get issues resolved there.”

McKillip had been in holdover status on the job for two years. 

Her employment contract was not renewed in April 2011, while attorneys for the village and McKillip were apparently working toward solving details of alleged overpayment for leave and extra hours worked.

The release from duties was made final last week.

“It came as quite a surprise, but please speak with my lawyer, Jim Brooks,” McKillip said when reached by phone Wednesday.

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