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Munsey Park Village lets clerk’s term expire, seeks replacement

Munsey Park Village Hall on May 11, 2017.

Munsey Park Village Hall on May 11, 2017. Barbara Miller served as village clerk for more than nine years. Credit: Chuck Fadely

Munsey Park officials have let the village clerk’s term expire without renewal and are seeking a replacement.

Barbara Miller, 67, served as village clerk for more than nine years and was not reappointed to the position during the village board’s annual April organizational meeting. Miller, last appointed to the two-year term in April 2015, had been customarily reappointed in the past.

Mayor Frank J. DeMento said Miller will continue working until a new clerk is found.

A Monday email newsletter sent by village officials to residents states that the board has “initiated the search for a well-qualified candidate” who has “strong customer service, finance, organizational and computer skills” and can “contribute to a more user-friendly environment” in the village.

The change comes after the village board in May created a new village administrator position and appointed DeMento’s brother-in-law, Daniel Breen, to fill the job that critics said duplicated the village clerk’s role. Two weeks later, amid criticism, Breen said he wouldn’t take the job.

DeMento said earlier this month that board members didn’t know whether they would proceed with filling the village administrator position.

Miller, of Glen Cove, has worked in village governments for more than three decades, previously serving in administrative positions in Manorhaven, Roslyn Harbor and Upper Brookville. She is one of Munsey Park’s five full-time employees, making an annual salary of about $82,000.

Miller said she met with DeMento last week and was surprised when he said she would not be reappointed as clerk.

Village officials did not respond to requests for comment about the reasons for Miller’s termination and whether the job was posted publicly.

DeMento said in an email that “the Village does not publicly discuss personnel issues, but notes that the Village appreciates Ms. Miller’s service as Village Clerk.”

According to the village newsletter, the clerk position offers a pension and health care benefits. Village residents will be given preference in the hiring process.

Interested candidates have been asked to send resumes and salary requirements to a consulting attorney, Paul Pepper, who works at the same Garden City-based law firm as Village Attorney Robert Morici.


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