CAMPTON HILLS – Campton Hills village trustees earlier this week passed an ordinance to open up a village administrator position and now are in the process of making room in their 2014 internal budget.
Village President Patsy Smith said it would be the first time the village would have its own administrator, adding that those duties have largely fallen on her in the nearly six years since the village has been incorporated.
“We’ve never had it because I’ve always done the position voluntarily,” she said. “It’s been a lot of work. It’s not easy to get a village up and running.”
She said there wasn’t enough space in the former village hall to hire a village administrator, but that’s changed since village hall offices were moved to a larger building last summer.
The finance committee has gotten direction from the board to make room in the 2014 internal budget. Smith said the budget is up for approval in April, and a new village administrator could be hired as soon as June of this year.
Smith makes $18,000 as village president, and she also is compensated $1,000 to be the village’s liquor commissioner. Outside of volunteering as the village administrator, she said she also volunteers to oversee certain financial functions, human resources, grant management and the village’s municipal aggregation program.
Those duties have many times carried over into nights and weekends, she said.
“Building a village from scratch is more than a full-time job, especially if you have no municipal property tax,” she said.
Smith said with such a small staff, the village wouldn’t be where it is today without the help of volunteers.
She said the village’s budget has been in the black since the village was incorporated in 2007, and with a healthy reserve fund, she said this is a good time to find room in the budget for a village administrator.
“There’s just a lot to be done, and I’m looking forward to having help,” she said.