Village Council recently completed Burn's first evaluation and she scored high marks — particularly in communication skills, leadership ability and adaptability.
Each council member filled out an evaluation. Burns received an overall score of 45.37. The range of scores for “exceeds expectations” was from 34 to 50.
Burns didn't just receive a pat on the back. Her salary will be adjusted from its current $77,501 a year to $81,411.
“Her performance exceeded expectations in all categories,” Village President Jim MacLachlan said. “Chris has provided steady, proactive leadership during her first year on the job. She is a self-starter. Her experience and extensive network of contacts has enabled her to perform admirably.”
Notable achievements, according to MacLachlan, include re-organization of the village's Department of Public Works, negotiating a new police contract, enhancing internal control procedures and financial analysis. Burns also spearheaded the refinancing of a Village Hall construction bond, saving $270,000 in interest expenses.
“Chris is personable, pleasant and professional,” MacLachlan said. “She also has keen operational insights, which have proved to be very valuable to our day-to-day operations. Council is very pleased with her performance during her first year and is eager to express our continued confidence in her leadership.”
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