INDIAN SHORES – Town Councilors accepted a letter of resignation from Lisa Robinson, the town’s director of finance and personnel, July 8 at the monthly town hall meeting. The resignation was effective July 1.
Former director of finance and personnel Mary Karayianes has stepped out of retirement to assist the town by assuming her old duties through the end of the summer. In the interim, the town will conduct a search for a full time replacement.
“She (Karayianes) will get us through this year’s budgetary season,” said Mayor Jim Lawrence.
According to Lawrence, all new hires are on probation for one year. At the ninth month of Robinson’s tenure, former director of administration, E.D. Williams (now retired) reviewed Robinson’s performance and suggested a continuation of the probationary status. At that point, Karayianes was brought in one day a week to provide additional training for Robinson. Further performance review by Director of Administration Bonnie Dhonau and an outside auditor resulted in a recommendation of termination.
In her letter of resignation dated June 30, Robinson noted her terms of separation from the town. In addition to accrued leave hours, the town agreed to pay one week’s base salary for one year of service and not to dispute Robinson’s eligibility for unemployment compensation.
Staff signatures OK’d
The authorized staff signatures for the town’s safe deposit box and bank accounts were updated and approved by the Town Council.
Lawrence, Vice Mayor Joan Herndon, Dhonau, Town Clerk Elaine Jackson and Chief Terry Hughes were named as authorized signers on the town’s banking instruments.
Rinker appointed alternate
The Town Council unanimously approved the appointment of Candiss Rinker as alternate citizen member of the planning, zoning and building committee.
Rinker is the president of Corporate Reflections, Inc., a business she founded in 1992.
The town approved a sponsorship request from the Indian Shores Library to support the library’s forthcoming 50th anniversary bash.
Rene Weyburne, chair of the FAB committee, requested $300 for a DJ to play Top 40 music from the library’s founding year, 1964.
Weyburne also requested one of the town’s liquor permits to allow serving beer and wine at the event that is scheduled for Nov. 15.