Metro-East News

Fairview Heights to make second offer to economic development director

Fairview Heights will make a second, and lower, contract offer to economic development director Mike Malloy, after City Council members resoundingly voted against an initial offer two months ago.

The city is preparing to offer Malloy an $86,000-a-year contract through 2017. The city’s Operations Committee is scheduled to discuss the proposal at its meeting on Wednesday night. If the contract clears the committee, the City Council would then vote on the proposal at its next meeting on Oct. 20.

On Aug. 18, all but one of the Council members voted against a $97,000-a-year contract for Malloy. Many objected to the proposed 37 percent pay raise from Malloy’s previous $71,000 annual salary.

Malloy was initially hired by the city in 2011, after having served in a similar position for the city of Belleville for 10 years until 2007.

On Tuesday night, the Council said good-bye to one of its longest-serving representatives. Ward 4 Alderwoman Carol Warner is stepping down after more than 26 consecutive years on the Council to retire and will be moving to Arizona. The New York native initially came to Fairview Heights in 1971 and won election to the City Council in 1989.

“I feel lucky to have been able to serve this long,” Warner said. “I’ve always considered it a privilege.”

Mayor Mark Kupsky said he has been talking to several people interested in the seat and plans to make a recommendation to the Council soon. The Council would need to approve the appointment, which would expire April 30, 2017.

“I’m looking for somebody who will work well with the Council, do their homework and be focused on things that are important to Fairview Heights,” Kupsky said.

In other City Council news, council members unanimously approved the appointment of Deborah Smith to the city’s a library board. Smith’s term is set to expire May 1, 2016.