Villa Grove seeks staffing help during clerk's recovery from accident

Villa Grove seeks staffing help during clerk's recovery from accident

VILLA GROVE — The city's administration is asking for additional staffing to help catch up during an extended medical leave by City Clerk Brandy Hopkins.

Hopkins has been unable to work since March 28, when she sustained injuries in an all-terrain vehicle accident. Since then, treasurer and office manager Jackie Athey has been carrying the full workload of municipal office duties.

Alderman Mike Griefenkamp asked the council to consider hiring a temporary worker to help with light office duties, so Athey would be able to focus on several major projects she has had limited time to work on.

Mayor Terry Harbin suggested approaching the police department about sharing time with their secretary until Hopkins returns to work. He proposed 20 hours in each office would be a manageable split of her time. "That is part of the expectation of that position," Harbin said.

Hopkins said she had a doctor's appointment in August, but is anticipating the need for another surgery after that. "It might be a good idea to have a temp, even if Brandy is able to return to work, in order to get caught up," said Alderman Bob Stipp.

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