by Madison White Franks
Following a closed session, Lancaster County supervisors on July 26 appointed Don Gill as the interim county administrator, effective immediately.
District 4 supervisor and chairman Bill Lee made the motion and it passed unanimously, 5-0, with support from District 1 supervisor Jack Larson, District 2 supervisor Ernest Palin, District 3 supervisor Jason Bellows, District 5 supervisor Robert Westbrook and Lee.
This position is not to exceed 90 days pending the board’s approval, said Lee. The board will advertise for a new county administrator.
Gill has served as the assistant county administrator since being promoted to the post in October 2017. He has also been the acting administrator in the absence of former administrator Frank Pleva. Gill also is the county’s planning and land use director.
Although an official raise has not been discussed, the board will most likely make some adjustments to Gill’s $79,420 salary, said Lee.
Following a special session July 20, the board of supervisors relieved Pleva of his duties after a prolonged illness.
“Pleva wasn’t able to perform county administration duties for seven months,” said Lee.
Crystal Whay was appointed clerk of the board, Dr. John Langlo to the board of zoning appeals, Robert Janaski to the wetlands board for a five-year term and Sandra Smyre to the historic resources commission.