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10.30.06 -- REPORT: Council hires local candidate as town clerk

By CHER PHILLIPS

The McIntosh Town Council voted unanimously to hire local candidate Deborah Miller as the new town clerk to replace the retiring town clerk, Julie Musselman.

Council President Frank Ciotti said in a phone interview that Miller accepted the offer of the position about 10 p.m. when he called her after the council meeting.

"She was real happy and looking forward to it," Ciotti said.

Miller, a new resident of McIntosh, will begin the job on Monday since Musselman will start drawing retirement officially in December and can only work a limited number of hours in November.

The final candidates simplified the selection process for the council during the last interview stage of the search.

Two of the three finalists, both of whom had experience running small governments, withdrew their applications stating other opportunities arose.

But their withdrawals saved the council a spot on the hot seat of choosing between a resident and one of the other candidates.

The council interviewed the remaining candidate, Deborah Miller, of McIntosh, and voted to offer her the position of town clerk paying her $29,000 with two opportunities for $1,000 raises in the next year. The package did include health insurance. Miller said she would need that benefit.

The council members had been ironing out how to balance health insurance with a salary package throughout the process. In the past, the council has paid and not paid the town clerk's health insurance and those costs have varied depending on the employee.

Miller, who goes by Debbie, has a background working in two different accounting firms. Her last job before moving to McIntosh was as an office manager for a boat manufacturer in Ft. Lauderdale, where she worked for 10 years.

Miller was also very active with her former home owner's association in Coral Springs where she owned a condo serving as both secretary and as president.

Miller just moved to McIntosh last month. She and her boyfriend, who will be moving to McIntosh after the first of the year, own a home in the historic district on the corner of Avenue G and Fifth Street.

As part of her application, Town Council President Frank Ciotti gave her an assignment to role play preparing a letter that was a response to a resident who wanted to know how the FEMA maps would effect his insurance if he lived in flood zone A. Miller read her letter into the record stating that she made two phone calls to different FEMA representatives because she wasn't satisfied with the first answer.

Her first question for Ciotti in this segment of the interview was, "Is this a trick question?"

Miller said she found in her research that McIntosh does not have flood insurance under FEMA's official maps for McIntosh, which are under review but have not been updated since the '70s. She said that if a homeowner was required to have flood insurance by their lender, they would have to seek it from a private company, and the odds were it would be cost-prohibitive.

posted by Cher @ 9:39 PM,

1 Comments:

At   November 01, 2006 4:52 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

Ms. Miller, welcome to town. Best of luck to you with your new job.

 

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