Hillary Gintz’s first year as Seymour’s city administrator has been a successful one.
So successful, in fact, that she’ll be back for three more years.
That was the contract offered by the Seymour Board of Aldermen and signed by Gintz last Thursday at the group’s regular meeting.
Officially, Gintz was appointed as city administrator at a meeting earlier in May by Mayor Richard Vinson, who was absent at last Thursday’s meeting due to the death of his mother. However, North Ward Alderman Jim Ashley, in his capacity as mayor pro tem, called for a vote on the appointment, which was passed in a 4-0 vote.
Per the terms of her new contract, effective this July 1, Gintz will be paid $66,000 annually for the 2020-21 fiscal year, $70,000 for 2021-22 and $75,000 for 2022-23.
The contract ends June 30, 2023.
Additionally, she will receive three weeks of vacation for the first year of her contact, then four weeks of vacation for the final two years.
The seven-page employment agreement stipulates the administrator’s authority and duties, noting that the contract can only be terminated with “just cause,” and if so, the administrator can only be fired with a vote by the mayor and two aldermen or by a vote of three aldermen and will receive three months’ salary as severance.
As administrator, Gintz’s performance annually will be evaluated and reviewed by the mayor and the city’s four aldermen.
Also at Thursday’s meeting, City Clerk Leslie Houk was reappointed by the aldermen in a 4-0 vote.
Her annual salary was set at $55,000.