The village of Genoa’s Public Works Supervisor Kevin Gladden has been hired as the new village administrator.
Village council has unanimously selected Gladden, who has been serving in the position since the departure of former administrator Garth Reynolds in late 2010.
He will be paid $60,000 annually to serve in the dual role as administrator and public works supervisor. Last year, he was paid approximately $48,000 for the supervisor position. He also will not be placed on a contract, which was standard for previous administrators.
In addition, the council motion includes a six-month probation period. Gladden and council will then review his service and analyze if any changes need to be made in the job description.
“It’s not a new thing,” Gladden said Wednesday morning about combining the two jobs. “Elmore’s done it for a while. Woodville’s doing it, and now we’re trying it.”
Gladden, who has been the public works supervisor since 1997, is the first administrator who is a Genoa native and he believes that gives him an advantage.
“I’ve been here a while. I know how things work and that’s got to help,” he said.
Still, Gladden said he is aware he has detractors.
“There are some out there who believe I should have not gotten the job. They think we should have someone with a four-year degree,” he explained. “But while they were in the classroom, I’ve been out there on the job for 13 years. That experience has to account for something.”
Gladden said he isn’t criticizing a formal education, “But there are just some things you learn on the job that you don’t get reading books in the classroom. That experience can be invaluable in keeping village operations running as smooth as possible and keeping finances in check.”
It also gives him some insight on resources that may have been underutilized in the past, he said.
He credits what he describes as a smooth transition to the administration and employees. “We have a meeting in the morning and I trust them to get things done and they do. This would never work without all those people being on board,” Gladden said.
The village was in a bind to find a replacement after Reynolds unexpectedly turned in his resignation at the end of December.
Council was already in the midst of finding a new police chief to replace Randy Hill, who also left unexpectedly just before Thanksgiving.
Council put Gladden in the administrator’s position temporarily while members sorted out village needs.
The village did not advertise the administrator position and no one turned in resumes for consideration prior to council’s Monday night decision.
The search for a chief continues.
The village paid Reynolds $65,000 in January. That included a $45,000 lump sum as well as pay increases owed him and accrued sick/vacation time.