LAKE PLACID - The village board hired Ellen M. Clark as clerk Monday.
Clark fills a spot that has been vacant since March, when Kathryn "Kook" McKillip was put on administrative leave.
McKillip came under scrutiny when a December 2010 audit by the state comptroller's office found she had paid herself more than $22,000 in leave time she hadn't earned, among many other problems in her brief time doing the treasurer's job on top of her own. She was later cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.
Clark is a Lake Placid resident who has a long history of working in administrative offices. She most recently worked for D. Dean Rhoads in North Palm Beach, Fla., as an executive assistant from 2006 to 2012. She said she split time between Lake Placid and Florida for many years but moved here full-time more than a year ago.
"Out of the 17 candidates that we had, she absolutely had the perfect combination of credentials," Mayor Craig Randall said. "As you can see, she's a very congenial person. She has an excellent background in all of the fields a clerk would have to be capable of doing."
When asked why she wanted the job, Clark said "so that I can pay back to my community and help in any way that I can to make Lake Placid a better place."
Clark starts on Monday and will make a salary of $48,000 a year. She will be on probation for 26 weeks, which is standard, Randall said Monday. After that period, if she is kept, her salary would increase to about $52,000, Randall said.
She was hired by a unanimous vote.
Seventeen people had applied for the clerk's position, including McKillip.
The village board held off on reappointing Treasurer Peggy Mousaw to her current position. Randall said he was working to extend Mousaw's work week from four to five days and wanted to resolve those negotiations before re-appointing her. He said he expected her to be appointed at the next meeting.
Mousaw has been treasurer since March 2008.