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Swansea seeks new administrator after salary talks break down

Lyndon Joost
Lyndon Joost

Swansea is looking for a new village administrator after Administrator Lyndon Joost and the village could not reach an agreement on Joost’s salary, Mayor Michael Leopold said.

Joost, who could not be reached for comment, is expected to stay on the job while Swansea searches for a new administrator, Leopold said.

We were not able to agree on (the) pay scale for his new contract. So he has decided to pursue other interests.

Mayor Michael Leopold

Village Board Trustee Matt Lanter said Joost has submitted a notice to retire Sept. 30.

This is the second stint as Swansea village administrator for Joost. He previously served as administrator from 1985 to 1995. He returned to the post early last year after Lisa Powers resigned in November 2015.

“We were unable to come to terms in his contract,” Leopold said in a statement. “We were not able to agree on (the) pay scale for his new contract. So he has decided to pursue other interests.”

Joost’s current salary is $87,570, and the value of his total compensation is $120,368, according to village records. The overall compensation includes $14,490 for health care insurance and $10,902 for the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

“He’s going to be nice enough to stay around for several months so that we have time to find somebody to replace him,” Leopold said.

Lanter said village officials hope Joost will be able to “bring the new person up to speed before he leaves.”

Lanter said the mayor appoints the administrator, and the Village Board then votes to approve the appointment.

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