ASHTABULA — Ashtabula City Council’s Clerk of Council Search Committee is advertising for a new clerk of council to replace LaVette Hennigan, who will retire in September after almost three decades in the position.

The committee requests resumes and cover letters be emailed in Word and .pdf formats to lhennigan@ashtabulacity.com. The email subject line must be titled, Clerk of Council Position. The submission deadline is noon Friday.

All applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. The annual starting salary will be $42,000; however, predicated on qualifications, experience and skills, may be negotiable.

Position description and pertinent details are available upon request.

City Council formed a search committee in April consisting of Ward 1 Council person Kym Foglio, Vice President Christopher McClure and Ward 5 Council person Jane Haines. 

Foglio, who chairs the committee, said she hopes to find someone by the end of June, allowing Hennigan to train and familiarize the new hire with the city and its officials, as well as the job.

Council President John Roskovics said council members hope for a seamless transition.

The clerk makes sure city council follows specific procedures, keeps minutes of meetings, provides council members with information they might need to make informed decisions and keeps track of all legislation passed.

Key traits include a flexible schedule to be available for evening meetings, being a self-starter, having organization skills and working well with others, as well as agenda management, transcription, leadership, customer service skills and excellent verbal and written communication, Hennigan said in a March 21 email to council members.

She also suggested the candidate be required to become a certified municipal clerk within five years, and a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians (Robert’s Rules of Order), according to the email.