ISLAMORADA -- The village is operating without a clerk following the abrupt resignation of Deputy Village Clerk Kyrie Wagner last week. Wagner had been serving as acting clerk since the resignation of Debra Eastman in September.
Wagner quit Nov. 7, effective immediately, after a dispute with Village Manager Ed Koconis over the terms of a potential promotion to head clerk.
"The manager and I could not agree on the pay that I deserved or the position responsibility and title," Wagner told the Free Press.
She said that Koconis offered her $49,000, an increase from her deputy clerk's salary of $36,400. Eastman's salary was $70,000.
Koconis also wanted to reduce the status of the village clerk position, Wagner said. The clerk has always headed her own small department. Under Koconis' offer, the department would have been subsumed into the village manager's office, which is made up of Koconis and his influential executive assistant Mary Swaney.
Koconis declined to comment on Wagner's resignation, but said he's reviewing other applicants for the village clerk post.
"We're going to fill it as soon as possible," he said.
The clerk serves as the custodian of village records. Responding to public records requests, advertising public meetings and taking minutes of those meetings are among the duties of the position.
"There will be a temporary reallocation of those duties until we fill the position," Koconis said.
Wagner had been deputy village clerk since 2006. She also served as acting clerk from May to August of last year, in between the tenures of longtime Village Clerk Beverly Raddatz and Eastman.