WOODMERE — Rhonda Hall resigned as the village treasurer last Friday after serving in the position for five months. She did not give a specific reason for her resignation, but said she found another job.
Mrs. Hall’s salary was set at $28,187 per year for the part-time position, which required 15 hours per week. She did not return calls from the Times.
“She’s a [certified public accountant]. She has a skill set that’s very marketable and valuable,” Mayor Ben Holbert said. “These people are highly sought after and sometimes they’re compensated at a rate that the Village of Woodmere can’t compete with.”
In her resignation letter, Mrs. Hall said that she could help the village with approving purchase orders, checks and filing financial statements through the end of February. Instead of working at Village Hall, she said that she could pick up and drop off papers and work from home. She said in the letter that she will not be at the February meetings, such as Village Council and the Finance Committee, until she determines her schedule and evening hours at her new job.
“I wish her the best,” Mayor Holbert said.
Mrs. Hall was appointed in August to replace Tom Cornhoff, who retired after serving as the village treasurer for 22 years. Mayor Holbert said that he had a great working relationship with Mrs. Hall and appreciates her working with the village until the end of February.
Councilman Craig Wade also said that Mrs. Hall worked well with council and he was surprised by her resignation. He said that she had a good rapport with council members, including those on the finance committee.
“There are always going to be certain amounts of disagreements. It’s all part of a day’s work in city and federal government,” he said. “I think she worked well with the finance committee. I liked the way she provided information to us. I have no complaints.”
Mr. Wade said that council recently discussed the terms of her contract and she seemed to be amenable.
“Maybe she had something else in the works and decided to make that move,” he said.
Mr. Wade said that the village cannot be without a treasurer for a long period of time so the job is already posted. He said that someone already submitted a resume and council will thoroughly vet that person and other applicants. In order for council to do its due diligence, Mr. Wade said that the village needs a treasurer who is skilled and will stay for a longer period of time.