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Webber proposes keeping Yolanda Vigil as SF city clerk

SANTA FE – Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber wants to keep Yolanda Vigil as city clerk.

The agenda for tonight’s City Council meeting lists approval of Vigil’s appointment as the first item to be considered after the council emerges from an executive session during which the council will discuss a professional services agreement with Vigil.

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Kionn Mangual, 5, helps City Clerk Yolanda Vigil, right, and Melissa Byers, the assistant city clerk, draw names in December for the Santa Fe\’s 2018 mayoral candidates\’ position on the ballot. Mayor Alan Webber, elected in March, has proposed hiring her on a new contract to continue as city clerk. (Eddie Moore/ Albuquerque Journal)

A copy of the contract included in the council’s package indicates Vigil would earn a salary at a rate of $100,500 per year, beginning July 16 and ending June 30, 2019. She would also receive all benefits, annual leave and sick leave provided to exempt employees based on her years of service.

Vigil, who has worked for the city since 1980, is currently making $47.34 per hour, which roughly translates to $98,467 per year.

In March, Vigil oversaw the state’s first election conducted by the ranked-choice voting method that was approved by city voters 10 years ago but not implemented until the appropriate software was available at an affordable price.

“Yolanda’s great strength as city clerk is she knows operations inside and out and has the confidence of City Council,” Webber said in a phone interview Tuesday.

The mayor said Vigil will assist the city in modernizing the operations of the clerk’s office. “Going forward the job will be much more about digital information, and Yolanda has agreed to take that on,” he said.

According to the proposed contract, if Vigil were to resign at the request of the mayor, she would receive a lump sum payment equal to three month’s salary, or about $25,000.

Under a new “strong-mayor” form of government that went into effect in March when Webber took office, the mayor is responsible for hiring three city employees — city clerk, city attorney and city manager — with approval by the City Council. He has already picked Erin McSherry as city attorney, approved by the council last month, and named city Fire Chief Erik Litzenberg as city manager.

Vigil was first hired by the city as a typist, earning $3.75 per hour, in 1980. She’s began working for the clerk’s office in 1984 and 10 years later was named city clerk by then-mayor Debbie Jaramillo.

Vigil retired in 2005 but five months later was hired back to her old position. A Public Employment Retirement Association official said that Vigil is collecting $6,091 per month in pension payments.

Vigil did not return a phone message from the Journal on Tuesday.

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