Tonganoxie seeks clerk replacement
The city is in the market for a new city clerk.
Mayor John Franiuk has decided not to reappoint Linda Lewis as city clerk, citing only "personal preference." Now, a search will begin for an employee to fill the clerk's position.
Lewis, who had served as Tonganoxie city clerk for two years, has not worked for the city since early this month, when Franiuk informed her that he would not reappoint her. She was paid through the end of her term, which expires May 8. Her annual salary was $26,936, plus $70 for each council meeting she attended.
The mayor would not comment about the dismissal, except to say that he had personal reasons for taking action.
"The city clerk position serves at the will of the mayor," Franiuk said.
Lewis also said Franiuk would not elaborate on the reasons for her dismissal.
City council members said Monday night that they would give preference to internal applicants.
"It was not a wasted two years," Lewis said. "I was able to learn and grow while working for the city. It was a good learning experience."
Lewis said she would miss working in Tonganoxie.
"Sometimes you have to move on," Lewis said. "I feel like I gave the job my best. I have no regrets about the time I was there. I have expanded myself."
At the past two city council meetings, Karen Daniels, deputy city clerk, has taken the minutes of the proceedings.