Wellington is bringing back Village Attorney Laurie Cohen for at least one more year.
Cohen agreed to sign a one-year contract extension for the same base salary at the village council meeting Tuesday night. The goal of the short deal is for the new council to work with her more.
The council has three newcomers — Michael Drahos and Michael Napoleone, who took their seats last month and Tanya Siskind, who was sworn in Tuesday.
Cohen’s base salary when she signed her last deal in 2013 was $150,000. She is eligible for small raises given out to all village staff. Her salary is now about $175,000 per year with a $600 a month car allowance.
When the one-year contract is up, the council will make a determination on a longer-term deal. Vice Mayor John McGovern negotiated the extension.
Newly-appointed councilwoman Tanya Siskind was sworn in at the meeting Tuesday night and is officially the fifth member of the board.
Siskind rose to the top of 30 applicants that wanted the seat left vacant by Mayor Anne Gerwig when she left that position to run for her new one. After interviews with 10 finalists earlier this month, Siskind became the choice.
She had family and friends at her first meeting and is ready to get going.
“I think very good things will be accomplished for Wellington and I’m excited to be a part of it,” Siskind said.
Councilwoman Judy Dugo said she wanted Pearce to keep that title because of his professionalism.
The deputy mayor title rotates each year among council members, with that person appointed at the first regularly scheduled council meeting in April. The current policy states no council member can serve as deputy mayor for two consecutive years, something Noble, and now Pearce, have done.
Coucilwoman Lisa Rivera requested the policy be placed on tonight’s agenda for discussion.