INDIAN SHORES – With pending retirements of both the Chief of Police/Town Administrator E.D. Williams and Town Clerk Marcia Grantham on March 24, the town of Indian Shores approved some anticipated reorganizing and filling of positions at the Feb. 11 Town Council meeting.
Recommendations made by Williams had been previously presented at the Jan. 21 council workshop.
The council approved the proposed 18-month contract to accept interim Police Chief Terry Hughes as Williams’ replacement in the capacity of police chief. Hughes’ employment agreement is identical to the one Williams had with the town. Although the agreements have usually been for a 12-month period, the council elected to extend Hughes’ agreement for 18 months on this occasion to facilitate budgeting cycles.
Bonnie Dhonau, currently an administrative assistant at Town Hall, is being promoted to the newly created position of director of community services and town administration. This position was created in lieu of Williams’ responsibilities as town administrator. Dhonau’s current position as administrative assistant will be abolished and her clerical duties incorporated into her new position.
Deputy Clerk Elaine Jackson is being promoted to town clerk when Grantham retires. All of the newly appointed department heads’ promotions will be provisional for a period of six months.
Willis Knight, a part-time employee of the town for the past two years, is being hired full time as a Public Works skilled worker. Additionally, the council approved the hiring of James Michael Bryan as a police officer for the town, effective April 1.
These changes in staff assignments will create vacant positions for a public works groundskeeper, a deputy town clerk, and a public works supervisor. According to Williams, the shuffling of jobs and new openings will have “no negative impact on the current budget.”
Williams has been in negotiations with the town of Redington Shores to expand the old contract between both municipalities in sharing a building official to include the Ashton Woods Project. Having reached an impasse in those negotiations, Williams requested permission from the council to explore other options such as securing an exclusive part-time building official for Indian Shores. The council approved Williams’ request to investigate the possibility of acquiring a 30-hour per week building official to “test the marketplace.”
Council OKs funds for Nayman memorial
The remaining donated funds of $1,200 collected in memory of former building official Larry Nayman were approved for disbursement.
The funds will be used to purchase two benches in the new pavilion/playground area with plaques, one 8-inch by 8-inch memorial brick paver by the flagpole in front of the Indian Shores Municipal Center, and any remaining funds contributed toward the community room plaque.
Town staff to serve on advisory committee
Williams reported that the new Public Works supervisor will serve on an advisory committee for the Florida-Friendly Landscaping in Pinellas County. Until the new public works supervisor position is filled, Bonnie Dhonau or other staff would temporarily serve in that capacity as required.
Line dancing classes set at town center
Liz Quinones, zumba instructor, received permission from the council to host two basic line dancing classes at the Indian Shores Municipal Center. The next class is Monday, Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m.