Unicoi offers contract to top pick for new top administrator

Sue Guinn Legg • May 16, 2019 at 9:08 PM

UNICOI — The Unicoi Board of Mayor and Aldermen met in a specially called meeting Thursday to hash out terms of a contract offer for the top candidate selected to fill he vacant town recorder’s office.

Pat Hardy, municipal program manager for the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service, presented the board with latest terms negotiated with Church Hill Town Recorder Emily Wood.

According to Hardy, the board selected Wood from a field of five strong finalists for the position based on her background in accounting.

Terms up for discussion on Thursday included requests for a $60,000 annual salary, two weeks of paid vacation and two weeks of sick leave.

The board agreed to the $60,000 salary, or $5,000 more than their initial offer to Wood, but narrowed the requested time off to the same seven days of vacation and accrued sick leave received by other town employees.

Hardy said he would take the terms back to Wood and inform the board of the results of their negotiations.

If the negotiations are unsuccessful, Hardy said he felt any of the other four top applicants could do the job. The board’s number two choice is John Brown, who works in economic development in Elizabethon.

Because the recorder’s position requires training and certification in Municipal Court operations, the board instructed Hardy to include a contract clause that will require the new recorder to reimburse the town for the training if they leave the recorder’s position within three years of their hire date.

Mayor Johnny Lynch said the town is attempting to fill the position as quickly as possible in order to begin the transition and provide assistance to Interim Town Recorder Larry Rae before work on the new fiscal year budget begins.