Marv Hinga will work three days a week, replacing longtime Village Clerk/Treasurer Maribeth Lawrence, who is retiring at the end of the month after 13 years in that capacity.
Hinga will be paid $61.55 per hour and work 24 hours a week for the village — that's $1,477 per week. He will continue to serve as the county's assistant fiscal services director.
Hinga had previously served in various financial capacities for the cities of South Haven and Hudsonville, and Allegan County. Prior to that, he worked in private sector accounting.
“We are eager to obtain his expertise in the municipal finance arena,” Village President Jim MacLachlan said. “His experience and expertise will be invaluable as we prepare to tackle some critical financial issues in the new year.”
The contract employee hire is similar to the approach the village used when former Zoning and Planning Administrator Kathy Staton retired several years ago. The village contracted with Spring Lake Township and City of Grand Haven employees to fill Staton’s duties.
Lawrence has not been to work in the past few weeks after slipping on ice at her home and breaking her shoulder. She was not available for comment.
Village Manager Chris Burns said before Lawrence got hurt, she had planned to retire this past Dec. 20.
“We’re extending it out until the end of January so she can keep some health insurance,” Burns explained.
The Village Charter dictates that the clerk/treasurer is elected by Village Council and that the positions cannot be separated, according to Burns.
Burns said Lawrence’s retirement was a “mutual decision," and the arrangement with Ottawa County was also in the works before her fall.
“Marv spent some time with Maribeth before she got injured, learning where everything is at and getting the lay of the land,” Burns said. “He was here two weeks working with her."
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