Joe Gill, the clerk-treasurer for the Village of Great Neck for nearly nine years, accepted a job as treasurer for the Village of Hempstead, officials announced at a board meeting on Tuesday night.
Trustees praised Gill, who joined the village in May 2010, for helping the village get into better fiscal shape and presented him with a proclamation honoring his service.
“I’ve been here about nine years and eight of those have been fantastic thanks to you being here and being great counsel, a great clerk-treasurer, really straightening out our village budget – and our finances are in terrific shape,” Deputy Mayor Bart Sobel said. “I really think we all owe a big debt of gratitude to you.”
As village clerk-treasurer for Great Neck, Gill managed a budget of around $10 million. At Hempstead, Gill will be managing a budget several times higher than Great Neck’s.
According to data from the state comptroller’s office, the Village of Hempstead – with expenditures around $100 million – has the largest village budget in New York State.
“He’s finally decided to grow up and move out of the house,” Great Neck Village Mayor Pedram Bral joked as he thanked Gill for his service. “So we will miss him, we all know Joe. He’s been around for a long time and an instrumental part of the village.”
In a follow-up call on Wednesday, Gill said he has had a “very nice eight years” in the village and that leaving was not “an easy decision to make.”
“I put a lot of thought into it, but I think in the long run the opportunity to move to such a large village is a good opportunity for me,” Gill said.
Asked if the move comes with a pay raise, Gill characterized it as “significant.”
In a follow-up call on Wednesday, Bral said he received Gill’s two-week notice on Monday and the village will be seeking a replacement.
“We’re going to look and I’m sure that some people will step up temporarily,” Bral said. “I’m sure everything’s going to be OK.”