Yorkville Mayor Gary Golinski presents outgoing Treasurer William Powell with a silver-plated piggy bank in honor of his years of service to the city. Powell resigned this month after 10 years on the job in anticipation of the job being downsized and becoming appointed, rather than elected. | Submitted Photo
Updated: February 25, 2013 12:44PM
YORKVILLE — No one would accuse William Powell of being verbose.
The outgoing Yorkville treasurer rarely spoke at City Council meetings, even though he had his customary spot on the far left of the council dais. And he admitted this week that often his wordiest moment of a given day was to say “hi” to the staff on the way into his office.
“I always said hi to the staff,” Powell said at this week’s City Council meeting. “Now, 10 years later, I said goodbye.”
Powell resigned as treasurer after almost 10 years on the job, and was honored by the council for his work. Mayor Gary Golinski presented him with a silver-plated piggy bank, a nod to all the years Powell oversaw the city’s checkbook and made sure the bills were paid.
The bank even had a coin in it, because you never present anyone with an empty piggy bank, Golinski said.
Powell took the moment to joke with the aldermen.
“I am a man of few words, I’ve always been a man of action, which is why I never ran for alderman,” he said.
Powell was first elected treasurer in 2003, and again in 2007 and 2011. His third and current term was due to end in 2015.
But Yorkville residents in April will vote on a referendum asking if the treasurer and city clerk positions should be appointed, rather than elected.
Powell has previously voiced support for such a move, saying the treasurer position does not need to be an elected, full-time job. He confirmed that belief in his letter of resignation a week ago, and said he supports the referendum to make the job appointed.
With Powell gone, the council this week appointed Rob Frederickson, the city’s finance officer, as deputy treasurer. He will take over the treasurer’s duties. Frederickson handles the budget for the city, along with City Administrator Bart Olson.
The council also adjusted the deputy treasurer’s pay to $2,900 a year, which Frederickson will receive in addition to his regular salary.
If voters approve the referendum to eliminate the city clerk and treasurer as elected offices, Frederickson or another staff member likely will be appointed the treasurer at that time.
But even if voters approve the measure in three months, it will not take effect until April 2015.