Dual role: Williams to serve as temporary village administrator

WELLSVILLE — The village’s zoning administrator will be returning to his previous dual role as village administrator temporarily as approved by Village Council during Tuesday’s meeting.

Council approved the appointment of current zoning administrator Rick Williams as village administrator, and also passed an ordinance which combined his dual role and established his salary and benefits.

Williams will succeed Jerry Medley, who held the administrator role for a year before resigning in late December due to personal reasons.

Mayor Nancy Murray said that Williams–who was not present for Tuesday’s meeting–will be serving on a temporary basis and will also forego his $10,000 salary that comes with the village administrator role, to which that salary will be donated back to the village.

“What we’re doing is Rick Williams is going to take the position temporarily as administrator and he is foregoing the wage, and so we are going to combine his position in one for the time being,” Murray said.

This will be the second time that Williams will serve both positions under the same conditions at the same time. He previously served in this capacity from June through December of 2015, following the retirement of then-administrator Thom Edgell.

Williams resigned as village administrator at the end of 2015 citing health issues, but remained in the zoning role.

Meanwhile, Tuesday was also the final meeting for village solicitor Lynsey Lyle-Opalenik, who submitted her resignation effective Jan. 8. Her resignation was also accepted by council with a 5-0 vote.

Murray stated that Opalenik, who has been the village’s solicitor for the past two years, opted to spend more time with her family.

Opalenik was the last of the remaining original three appointees made at the beginning of the Murray administration in January 2016, which had also included Paul Anthony as village administrator and Jacki DaLonzo as fiscal officer.

DaLonzo has since been succeeded by current fiscal officer Hoi Black, while Anthony–a former Midland, Pa. police officer and councilman who accepted a position with the Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities–was succeeded by Medley.

Murray said an announcement regarding a new solicitor will be made at the next council meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at Village Hall.