Council, former clerk discuss policy issues

Published: Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 01:02 PM.

In August, the council hired Hayes to take Riley’s place as city clerk, but Riley stayed on to train her replacement and to help guide the city through the budgeting process, retiring at the Sept. 28 town council meeting.

Riley has also made herself available to help Hayes during the transition, even after leaving the town’s payroll.

“During the interviewing process, you said the starting pay for the clerk would be $12.50 per hour, and after a 90-day probation that would go to $13.50, that is what you voted on,” Riley said.

She said that according to the city personnel policy, the probation period should have been six months, but she had mistakenly informed the council that it was a 90-day probationary period. “I’m sorry for that, but you all voted on it.”

“The clerk in Wausau has never had to be voted on every year to be rehired,” Riley said. “I never have heard of that before. The clerk is hired by the council.”

Riley said she was informed that she should not be allowed behind the counter at city hall. “Why am I a security risk after 17 years?” she asked.

“When I left here, I had a deep respect for each of you,” Riley told the council members. “I said I would come back and help the city in any way I could.”

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