Riverside Village Manager Jessica Frances got an early present from the village’s board of trustees last month when trustees voted unanimously to give her a raise in salary and a year-end bonus for her performance on the job.
According to the agreement, which was part of the village board’s consent agenda at its Nov. 19 meeting, Frances will receive a 2.5-percent increase in salary, effective Jan. 1, 2016. The move bumps her base salary from $117,000 to $119,925.
In addition, the board opted to award Frances a $3,000 cash bonus.
“She’s done an excellent job,” said Village President Ben Sells, who elevated Frances to village manager in January. Frances, 35, served as interim village manager for three months in 2014 following the departure of Peter Scalera, who landed a management position in his hometown of Bloomingdale.
“She came into a difficult situation when things were in flux,” Sells said. “She’s shown great leadership.”
Frances joined the Riverside administration in 2012 as finance director, recruited by Scalera, who worked with Frances for the village of Glencoe.
Sells also pointed to $4.4 million in grants that the village has obtained during the past three years.
“Those are largely through the efforts of village staff,” Sells said. “She’s taken to being village manager like a fish to water.”