INDIAN SHORES – Members of the Town Council unanimously approved the hiring of Walter Pierce as director of finance and personnel at the Aug. 12 meeting.
His hiring was effective Aug. 14.
The position came open following the the July 1 departure of Lisa Robinson.
On another note, a resolution amending the town’s fiscal 2014 budget to the tune of $36,200 was passed in order to fund the hiring of Pierce.
The passage of the resolution additionally provides funds for ongoing support and training in the Finance Department for unemployment compensation for the former director, and to supplement the Capital Improvement Fund that had a shortfall of $65,395 for the new pavilion and playground projects.
It was the second budget amendment requested for the current fiscal year. Funds were transferred from unassigned fund balances to accommodate these allocations. Mary Karayianes, who had retired as director of finance and personnel last year, assumed the duties of interim director of finance and personnel until a replacement was found.
According to a memorandum from Bonnie Dhonau, the town’s director of administration, the town received 10 applications for the position of director of finance and personnel. This number was cut in half after review by both Dhonau and Karayianes. Town Clerk Elaine Jackson and Chief of Police Terry Hughes were involved with Dhonau and Karayianes in the first round of interviews.
Two candidates stood out and a second round of interviews followed, leading to the final selection of Pierce.
Pierce has 25 years of experience in government finance, including three Florida school boards and two country appraisers’ offices. Pierce has an MBA from Nova University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in accounting from Salem State College. Having recently retired from the Orange County Property Appraiser’s Office, Pierce was available to start immediately. He will receive a starting salary of $65,000 per year plus benefits upon completion of a satisfactory pre-employment physical that was scheduled for the day after the Town Council approved his selection.
Town, chamber reach agreement
A resolution to adopt a license agreement with the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce was also unanimously approved at the meeting. The resolution delegated authority for the mayor to sign the agreement allowing the Beaches Chamber to install and maintain a desk and chair in the lobby of the fourth floor of the Indian Shores Municipal Center.
Having supplied the proof of insurance requested by the town, made adequate representations regarding its solvency, and complied with all the town’s stipulations, the chamber will operate a satellite office at town hall Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The term of the license is for five years and will be renewed automatically. The license can be terminated by either the town or the chamber for any reason with 30 days prior written notice.