GREENBURGH,N.Y. – Annu Jacob was hired as court administrator last week, filling the void left by her predecessor Regina Hill, who vacated the position in early December.
Hill's seemingly controversial and abrupt departure was a negative hitch for the already-struggling Greenburgh courts. Jacob's appointment, though, is likely to ease some tension, as she was the chief court clerk in the Rockland County community of Spring Valley, dealing with similar problems to the Greenburgh courts.
"She's coming from a court that she has turned around and has made a model court for the judicial district in the state," said Kevin Morgan, a Greenburgh councilman who sat in on the candidate interviews. "She was the top candidate. She was our top choice."
While the other candidates had business backgrounds and sufficient experiences, Morgan said, Jacob had already run a court and used the same systems as Greenburgh does.
"There will be no lax in turnover from what she was doing," he said. "It's good news, without a doubt. We're really thankful for that. She's professional, and answered all the questions about things that we had concerns about. We want Greenburgh to be a model court, and we were very impressed with her."
The Greenburgh Police Department completed a background check on Jacob at the end of last week. Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said that he looks forward to Jacob working with the Greenburgh judges.
Jacob will officially be appointed as court administrator at Greenburgh's next town board meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 11. She will begin her job on Monday, Jan. 23.
Her salary is set at $90,000 annually, $10,000 less than Hill's. On Dec. 1, 2012, the board will conduct a review of Jacob's productivity and possibly grant her a $5,000 raise.
The court administrator candidate interviews were conducted by the three Greenburgh town judges, Arlene Gordon-Oliver, Walter Rivera and Delores Brathwaite, and Judge Charles Apotheker. Morgan and Councilwoman Diana Juettner sat in on the interviews. The final three candidates met with the town board, who, ultimately, selected Jacob.