By ZEINAB NAJM
HEIGHTS — City Council Secretary Lynne Senia was appointed as the next city clerk following the resignation of current Clerk Walter Prusiewicz, who will officially serve his last day Aug. 1.
The decision was made during a June 23 city council meeting with a 5-2 voted in favor of Senia. Council members Lisa Hicks-Clayton and Bill Bazzi opposed.
Senia will serve out the rest of the term until Dec. 31, 2021, and voters will elect a clerk during the November 2021 general election. As for after the interim period, Senia said she doesn’t know if she will run for the position and wants to get through the upcoming elections before thinking ahead.
“I was very happy with the news because I’ve been working in the city for 13-and-a-half years, with two-and-a-half years in the clerk’s office,” Senia said. “I know almost everything in there already and there are some things I don’t know. Walter will be my mentor. We have a wonderful working relationship.
“I had so much support with my co-workers in the office in applying for the position. I look forward to serving residents and believe in the community. I hope to get more youth involved so they can see the process of voting.”
In 2006, Senia began working as a cashier in the treasurer’s office, then as a bookkeeper for 10 years before her current role as council secretary which she has held for two-and-a-half years.
She has experience working in elections, but will complete training for her new role.
A job posting to fulfill Senia’s current position is planned, but until the secretary job is filled she will work two positions.
“I know it will be extra work and I’m confident,” she said. “I’m a rule and process follower and pay attention to details. Working as the council secretary and in the treasurer’s office has allowed me to know how different the departments work.”
Electronic interviews took place June 22 between the council and three other candidates in addition to Senia: residents Frosina Spasevski, Rachel LaPointe and Nabila Fawaz.
The job posting for the clerk’s position was posted after Prusiewicz spoke about resigning during a May 13 city budget meeting. He submitted his formal resignation to the city council June 9.
Prusiewicz did say he would be more than willing to stay on to help in a smaller role for the upcoming elections if the council or administration would allow him because he could do work from home because of coronavirus restrictions and concerns.
The next elections will be held Aug. 4 and Nov. 3.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])