Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Madeira Beach approves longtime employee Aimee Servedio to fill city clerk job temporarily

MADEIRA BEACH — Aimee Servedio, a longtime city employee, could become the city's next permanent city clerk.

The City Commission unanimously accepted her proposal Monday to continue to serve as city clerk pro tem until April, then begin a three-month probationary period as the official city clerk, after which she and the commission would decide whether to make the appointment permanent.

Servedio, 58, has worked for the city for nearly 30 years. She was assistant to the fire chief before assuming additional city clerk duties following the October resignation of the former city clerk, Ginger Stilton.

"I have proven myself to be a reliable, hard-working, confidential employee with integrity and good judgment," Servedio wrote in a memo to the commission, asking that the search for a new clerk be postponed to allow her a "chance to try working in the clerk position."

City Manager Shane Crawford told the commission that although he had notified various professional associations within the state about the opening, he had yet to advertise the position.

Several weeks ago, the commission agreed to pay a new city clerk between $55,000 and $65,000, depending on qualifications.

The commission also wanted the new clerk to be certified by the state, but said it was willing to consider experienced non-certified candidates. Servedio is not a certified city clerk.

Applications were to be accepted through Jan. 18 so that a permanent clerk could be hired and working by the end of February.

"I think it is a win-win for the city," Commissioner Terry Lister said.

"I am a big institutional knowledge guy. I think you will become a good asset for the city. You work well with the staff that is in place," he told Servedio, calling her proposal "a no-brainer."

Servedio said she did not want to begin her trial period as clerk for several months because that's how long it will take to catch up on a backlog of work Stilton left.

Official minutes from more than 20 meetings since 2011 remain to be completed, she said. In addition, some commission resolutions are either missing or unsigned, the city's ordinance code books are not up-to-date, and none of 2011 ordinances have been codified for Municode Internet searches.

"I'm sure the former clerk knew where things were, but presently it is difficult to find anything without knowing her system," Servedio said.

Then there is the municipal election in March which is largely handled by the city clerk. "Once caught up, I would like the opportunity to have the clerk's position on a trial basis before it is advertised and filled by someone else," she said in her memo.

She asked that the commission continue to pay her current salary until the trial begins and then pay her at the "bottom range" of the proposed clerk salary scale. Servedio makes $20 an hour plus an extra $2 an hour she received after taking on the city clerk function.

She also wanted a guarantee that if at the end of the trial period either she or the commission decides against making the promotion permanent, she would be allowed to return to her position in the fire department. The commission agreed, authorizing Crawford to hire a temporary replacement to handle Servedio's fire duties.

"She has been outstanding. She has gone way beyond expectations," said Mayor Travis Palladeno.

Madeira Beach approves longtime employee Aimee Servedio to fill city clerk job temporarily 12/18/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 5:32pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Support for gay marriage surges, even among groups once wary

    Nation

    NEW YORK — In the two years since same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, support for it has surged even among groups that recently were broadly opposed, according to a new national survey.

    People gather in Washington's Lafayette Park to see the White House lit up in rainbow colors on June 26, 2015, the day the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage legal. In the two years since same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, support for it has surged even among groups that recently were broadly opposed, according to a new national survey released on Monday, June 26, 2017. [Associated Press]
  2. June 26 marks the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter series.
  3. Air bag recalls, lawsuits lead Takata to file for bankruptcy

    Autos

    Shattered by recall costs and lawsuits, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. filed Monday for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., saying it was the only way it could keep on supplying replacements for faulty air bag inflators linked to the deaths of at least 16 people.

    Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. CEO Shigehisa Takada bows during a press conference in Tokyo on Monday. Takata has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of defective air bag inflators.
[(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi]
  4. Philando Castile family reaches $3 million settlement in death

    Crime

    MINNEAPOLIS — The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed by a Minnesota police officer last year, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement in his death, according to an announcement Monday by her attorneys and the Minneapolis suburb that employed the officer.

    A handout dashboard camera image of Officer Jeronimo Yanez firing at Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minn., July 6, 2016. [Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension via The New York Times]
  5. From the food editor: Almond-Crusted Chicken Tenders

    Cooking

    I decided my almond chicken obsession was becoming a bit much.

    Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times food editor.