A familiar face was rehired Tuesday night as the Fairview Heights director of land use and development.
The mayor's appointment of Tim Tolliver, who served the same position for nearly 20 years until he was not reappointed in 2009, was approved unanimously at the City Council meeting.
The full-time position leads the department of about a half dozen employees who enforce building and nuisance codes. Tolliver's salary will be $70,106.28, said City Administrator Jim Snider.
"He was here for several years and then under the employment that came up a few years ago, he was not appointed," Snider explained, "from the standpoint, the votes (from the City Council) were not there to reappoint him."
The eight City Council members present, since two were absent, all voted in favor of Tolliver's appointment.
"It's great to have the support of the aldermen, some who I have known in the past and worked with and a number of new ones," said Tolliver.
"The mayor and his council feel that he was the best," Snider said.
Tolliver was selected as the best candidate after Amber Miller left in November for a position in northern Illinois. Miller served two years in the position, but she called some of the city's procedures "archaic" and said staff morale was low.
The previous director, Lisa Koerkenmeier, resigned in late 2010 after about a year in the position.
About a half dozen candidates who applied were interviewed via telephone; three of those candidates, including Tolliver, were brought in for face-to-face interviews with Mayor Gail Mitchell, Snider and the City Council, said Snider.
Ward III Alderwoman Pat Baeske voted against reappointing Tolliver in 2009, when he lost his position in a 6-4 vote by the council. She is the only remaining council member who voted against him.
Baeske was not at the meeting Tuesday: "I was not at the meeting. I was working," she said Thursday.
When asked if she had any thoughts about Tolliver's appointment, she said, "No, I have no thoughts."
Tolliver, of Collinsville, most recently has worked as the economic development manager in the city of East St. Louis.
Tolliver said he plans to help implement the new comprehensive plan that Fairview Heights recently adopted. "I think that is a priority for the city," he said.
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