SALINEVILLE - The village Board of Public Affairs on Monday officially hired Michelle Wilson-Maynard as the sewage plant maintenance employee.
She replaces Travis Needham, who took a full-time job elsewhere. Board members say Needham stayed on for a few days after his resignation to train Wilson-Maynard for the position.
Her duties include performing water shutoffs, maintenance and testing at waste water treatment plant, as well as miscellaneous jobs like mowing grass and painting.
Members of the board said she will work on a part-time basis about three to four days per week. So far, Wilson-Maynard has worked for the board on a "trial basis" while the board members determined if she is a good fit for the job.
"We've had this girl for three or four days on a trail basis - us checking her out and her checking the job out," said board president James Brammer. "I think she'll be all right."
Wilson-Maynard is the daughter of village council member Jim Wilson.
This is not the first time village officials have hired a relative to work for the village.
Travis Needham, who resigned, is related to council members John Higgins and Nancy Needham. Tracy Keating, daughter of council member Sally Keating, currently serves as BPA clerk. Under the administration of former mayor Dave Berta, Berta's wife, Kelly, was hired as the waste water treatment plant operator.
In a 2012 state audit, former councilman Rick Beadle was found to have acted inappropriately when he lobbied for a raise for his brother who was at the time employed as the sewage plant operator.