CORTLAND – Cortland’s new treasurer will assume official duties Monday after his appointment earlier this week.
The Cortland Town Board voted Monday to hire Cortland resident Mark Davenport to take over the job, which had been vacant since mid-January. A pool of seven screened candidates was winnowed to two, and Town President Robert Seyller said Davenport had the skills and personality the Town Board wanted.
“One [candidate] clearly rose to the top of having all the qualifications desired,” he said.
Davenport replaces Mike Lamz, who served for about two years.
The Town Board posted the position through employment company Illinois workNet, the Illinois Municipal League and the Illinois Municipal Treasurers Association. Seven applicants surfaced after they were screened by Illinois workNet.
The top four candidates were then interviewed by the board, and two candidates were brought in for a second interview. A representative from Sikich, which has handled the town’s bookkeeping services as the board searched for a new treasurer, interviewed the candidates. Town Administrator Walter Magdziarz stepped in as interim treasurer during the search.
Seyller said Davenport regularly has attended Cortland Town Board meetings, and he has a background in banking, although he’s never held a treasurer position with a municipality.
“He has a substantial financial background,” Seyller said. “We feel we’ve got a good fit.”
Davenport is a full-time employee who will earn about $50,000.
In other business Monday, trustees decided to work up contracts and start negotiations with a new building inspection company after its current contractor, ICCI, terminated its contract with 60 days’ notice.
Magdziarz said at a previous meeting that ICCI’s rates were lower than surrounding communities because its inspection fees hadn’t changed in a long time, so a new company might be pricier.
Trustees still must approve a final contract, but they decided to appoint B&F Technical Code Services out of Hoffman Estates to take on the town’s code inspections.
“They’re very professional and in a lot of communities around us,” Seyller said. “They’ve got about 30 inspectors and a lot of expertise behind them.”