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Cary to seek new village clerk in early 2018

Acting village clerk resigned in November

Janice Rhodes, acting village clerk of Cary, has resigned.
Janice Rhodes, acting village clerk of Cary, has resigned.

CARY – The village is in need of a new clerk.

Cary Mayor Mark Kownick announced at a recent meeting that acting Village Clerk Janice Rhodes stepped down.

Rhodes, who started in June, was serving in an “acting” role because no one ran for the office in the April election. She was appointed by Kownick and the Village Board.

Village Administrator Jake Rife said he anticipates that Kownick will try to fill the spot in January. Rhodes was offered a job elsewhere.

“She had a professional opportunity that she accepted,” Rife said. “She had to step down, but we certainly appreciate her service to the village.”

For now, Rife is taking roll call during meetings, and village staff are transcribing minutes after meetings.

Kownick said he and village staff are re-evaluating the application prompt for the position. He said he wants to fine-tune the application a bit and “drill down” on the responsibilities of the village clerk role before circulating the opening to the public.

“Hopefully, we’ll have somebody at the first part of February,” Kownick said.

In response to a question from Trustee Jennifer Weinhammer during the Nov. 21 meeting, Kownick said people who have applied for the spot previously are welcome to reapply or write a letter requesting their application be reactivated.

“I would accept that,” Kownick said.

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