Kimberly City Administrator Resigns

2012-03-16T01:00:00Z 2012-04-12T10:25:40Z Kimberly City Administrator ResignsBy Dave Wilkins - For the Times-News Twin Falls Times-News
March 16, 2012 1:00 am  • 

KIMBERLY• Kimberly City Administrator Polly Hulsey has resigned, city officials have confirmed.

Hulsey submitted a letter of resignation Wednesday in which she stated she would step down April 2, Mayor Tracy Armstrong said.

“Polly has a lot of excellent qualities,” he said. “With her resume, I don’t think she will have any trouble finding an administrative position. She has done a lot of good things for the city of Kimberly.”

Hulsey could not be reached Thursday for comment. Her resignation followed a debate over the need for her position at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

“If Polly ran into any kind of road block, it’s that her vision for growth is something the citizens aren’t quite ready for,” Armstrong said.

Hulsey, the former city clerk, was promoted to the position of administrator about four years ago, when the job was created. She earned about $80,000 a year in that position.

Armstrong said Hulsey can’t be blamed for her salary level, that the City Council at the time approved it based on her performance and that it was nothing she expected.

Still, some members of the community have openly questioned the need for such a position and whether the city could afford to pay that kind of salary.

Looking ahead, Hulsey’s duties could be split among other city staff or the City Council could decide to hire another administrator, Armstrong said. The council was in the process of creating an official job description for the administrator’s position prior to Hulsey’s resignation.

“The council is considering some options,” Armstrong said. “Between now and (April 2) we will spend some time to come up with the best plan for this scenario.”

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(9) Comments

  1. slbreeding
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    slbreeding - March 23, 2012 4:16 pm
    Ok I was curious seeing all the comment about HOW MUCH Polly was paid so I thought I would do some investigating. Polly was City Administrator so that says she pretty much runs the city right? Well I could not find exact numbers but the Twin Falls City Manager is paid between $74,000-$109,000 and Jerome is advertising their City Administrator job at $75,000-$95,000. The School website says that the average job for a school Superintendent(figuring it is close to a city administrators job) in Idaho is $73,0000. I think it looks like she was paid what the job is worth. You cant base pay on what the average of what your friends and neighbors are getting you base pay on the average of those who are doing the same job are getting. If you look up Managers positions in Idaho even restaurant and car lot managers are getting $40,000 to $60,000. I think it makes since to pay someone running an entire city more than someone managing a store??
  2. toolfan4439
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    toolfan4439 - March 23, 2012 7:34 am
    To all of you complainers about her salary, it's obvious you are one of many low wage earners in Idaho. You constantly ask what does she do, which describes how you pretty much have no knowledge of the work it takes to run a city. I know that Kimberly got every pennies worth for her work for the city. Thanks Polly and these whiners are a sad part of this area.
  3. fred
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    fred - March 17, 2012 11:03 am
    For starters don't wear overalls to the interview...
  4. Tallen
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    Tallen - March 16, 2012 6:43 pm
    Uh... so what does she do, you never did say...

    Katelynn Hulsey said: "You have no idea what she has done and the hours and dedication she put in for the City over the years! She also has much higher education and training than most of the towns population which does move you up on the pay scale. Don't make judgements when you have no clue what she has done for the city. And if you knew her at all, you would know that she would NEVER NEVER NEVER give herself a pay raise. The city is now going to go backwards and end up back in the same mess they were before she got there. Thanks for you rude comments. "

  5. Tallen
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    Tallen - March 16, 2012 6:42 pm
    That's crazy! $80k? In Kimberly? That's was major employers pay their top managers! I guess if she is worth that amount, she'll have no problem getting another job paying that much.
  6. Jim_Bob
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    Jim_Bob - March 16, 2012 4:46 pm
    So how do I get qualified for that job? Geez....
  7. Katelynn Hulsey
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    Katelynn Hulsey - March 16, 2012 1:53 pm
    You have no idea what she has done and the hours and dedication she put in for the City over the years! She also has much higher education and training than most of the towns population which does move you up on the pay scale. Don't make judgements when you have no clue what she has done for the city. And if you knew her at all, you would know that she would NEVER NEVER NEVER give herself a pay raise. The city is now going to go backwards and end up back in the same mess they were before she got there. Thanks for you rude comments.
  8. Twin
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    Twin - March 16, 2012 11:55 am
    Oh my goodness, 80K for what? Anyone remember last year the scandal in Bell, Ca. where the city council approved illicit contracts and pay raises for themselves (one "part timer" received 100K/year; look it up) This Kimberly situation smells funny...
  9. japroct
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    japroct - March 16, 2012 2:04 am
    $80,000 for Kimberly?
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
    No wonder you are charging about 3X what you should be for city services...
    What on Earth did she do to justify that salary?!
    More than half of that town's population make less than half of that, and with fewer than 20 in-town businesses operating, I think I know what her "services" were for...for the city..
    Get rid of these over-paid people, and make utility costs less than $75 a month again...
    The city is getting too used to having too much money, and it has to spend it to justify getting more next year!!!

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