Saturday, March 10, 2001

Acting Hamilton city clerk quits

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Citing criticism from some City Council members, acting City Clerk Linda Kuntz said Friday she is stepping down from the post she has held since November.

        “They've made it very clear they don't want me here,” Ms. Kuntz said. “They got it.”

        She said she will use vacation time until April 1, when her retirement becomes effective. Ms. Kuntz's annual salary as acting clerk was $42,661.

        Ms. Kuntz said much of the criticism came from Vice Mayor Tom Nye, whom she says often pointed out typos and other mistakes she made. Mr. Nye, who was on his way to Washington, D.C., for the National League of Cities conference, could not be reached for comment.

        Councilman Richard Holzberger said he noticed “personality conflicts between the vice mayor and Ms. Kuntz, as well as her predecessor, Mrs. Landi.”

        Differences between former longtime City Clerk Linda Landi and members of City Council also led to Ms. Landi's retirement in November. As part of the settlement agreement, both sides agreed not to discuss the matter.

        “I feel, however, that more of (Ms. Kuntz's) discouragement was with the majority of council, me not being one, asking for a national search” to replace Mrs. Landi, Mr. Holzberger said.

        Ms. Kuntz's duties included recording and preparing minutes and preparing agendas for council meetings.

        “We have a tremendous backlog,” Mr. Holzberger said. City officials “wouldn't give her any help. I think it all contributed to her departure.”

        Ms. Kuntz has spent eight years with the city of Hamilton.

        Mayor Adolf Olivas said there's a greater sense of urgency to fill the clerk's position. Eight applicants are seeking the post.

        “I regret that (Ms. Kuntz) feels there have been some personalities that she'd rather not deal with,” Mr. Olivas said.

        On Friday, the mayor appointed Ina Allen to be the acting city clerk.


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