UPDATE, Friday, 2 p.m.
Westhampton Beach Village Mayor Conrad Teller announced that current Deputy Treasurer Elizabeth Lindtvit will take over as Village Clerk in May.
Ms. Lindtvit, a Westhampton Beach resident who has worked for the village for 13 years, will be replacing current clerk Rebecca Molinaro, who has accepted a position in East Hampton Village, effective May 1.
According to a press release issued on Friday afternoon, Ms. Lindtvit previously served in the Southampton Town Comptroller's Office and the Tax Assessor's office and has an extensive knowledge of municipal operations and governmental duties.
At the same time, Mr. Teller announced that Jeannine Conte will be replacing Ms. Lindtvit as Deputy Treasurer. Ms. Conte, who has bachelor’s and master's degrees in finance and management, is currently the deputy treasurer for the Westhampton Beach Fire District.
“I am pleased to officially name these appointments to the Village of Westhampton Beach,” said Mr. Teller in the release. “Both individuals have qualities and backgrounds that I feel will enable them to perform to the best of their capabilities in their new positions and serve the residents of the Village of Westhampton Beach with professionalism and integrity.”
In a split decision on Wednesday, Westhampton Beach Village Board members voted in favor of rehiring retired Village Clerk Kathy McGinnis to train new a new and as yet unnamed village clerk/treasurer, who will begin the position next week.
Ms. McGinnis, who served as village clerk in the village for 16 years, was appointed as an independent contractor in a 3-2 vote at a special meeting on Wednesday night to train the new clerk.
The walk-on resolution was presented by Deputy Mayor Hank Tucker, with Patricia DiBenedetto and Charlie Palmer voting in favor of the resolution. Mayor Conrad Teller and Trustee Ralph Urban opposed the hiring.
During the meeting, Mr. Tucker said he thought it was a good idea to have someone with as much experience as Ms. McGinnis working for the village to train the still unnamed new clerk, who will be replacing former clerk Rebecca Molinaro, who accepted a new position in East Hampton Village beginning on May 1.
"We had worked on this resolution and discussed it two meetings ago and got some input from everybody," Mr. Tucker said. "I'd like to see this happen considering that in a couple of days we are going to be with someone new, and we have always had someone to come and train the new person—or assist the new person—and work with them. And that is why I feel it is necessary."
Ms. McGinnis has been hired at a rate of $60 per hour, not to exceed $7,500. She has been granted full access to all "financials, facilities and documents" for the village. She will report to the Village Board with updates on the training of the clerk, and will not work full time.