Village to open clerk position to new applicants

The village of Lake Placid announced Monday that it would begin accepting applications for the position of village clerk.

The decision follows a scathing December audit from the state Comptroller's Office that pointed to long-time Clerk Katherine "Kook" McKillip as the main culprit.

Mayor Craig Randall decided not to reappoint McKillip during a village board meeting last week.

Among about a dozen violations, the audit reported that McKillip, who was in charge of payroll, paid herself more than $20,000 she did not earn. The audit also found that she paid herself nearly $10,000 for unused vacation time, a practice that was condoned by village officials but not done legally.

A criminal investigation into McKillip's actions is ongoing.

McKillip remains at her post and village officials say she is permitted to reapply for the position. Whether they rehire her depends largely on developments in the investigation, Randall said.

McKillip told the Plattsburgh Press Republican last week that she hopes to remain as village clerk.

"I absolutely love my job, and I'm good at what I do," she said.

Randall and the village board have accepted part of the responsibility for the village's accounting problems, but also blamed staff shortages and a lack of technical oversight for the accounting errors.

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