Officials still plan permanent replacement for zoning officer

Officials still plan permanent replacement for zoning officer

PAXTON — Ford County Board members stressed Monday that, despite delays, they intend to find a permanent replacement for the county's retired zoning officer — a job the supervisor of assessments has filled for the past eight months.

In March, the board appointed Supervisor of Assessments Candice Short as a temporary replacement for Zoning Officer Larry Knilands, whose resignation was accepted, earlier in the meeting. The board set Short's salary as zoning officer at $200 per week, plus $25 per hour for each meeting attended outside of regular business hours.

On Monday, the Paxton Record asked the board to clarify whether Short's salary as supervisor of assessments, which was raised to $51,000 Monday, also included zoning duties. Chairman Rick Bowen said her salary was only for work done as supervisor of assessments.

The zoning-officer vacancy had been advertised in the spring in the local newspaper, but no one was ever hired.

Tom McQuinn, chairman of the board's insurance and personnel committee, said his panel decided to delay filling the job to avoid having to train a new employee at a time when there was a lot of activity involving zoning issues in Ford County, in particular wind farms.

Both McQuinn and Bowen stressed the job will be filled on a permanent basis.

"It's definitely going to happen," McQuinn said.

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