The Board of Commissioners for the Natchitoches Parish Communications District held a Special Called Meeting on July 12 to discuss a contract extension for former Executive Director Willis Carter, who recently retired, to assist the new Director, Kim Tolliver, in her transition.
In other news, Larry Atteridge announced that he was stepping down after 20 years on the commission. He will be replaced by Eric Keel as of July 15.
Carter’s contract ended on July 1 and at its special called meeting the board was informed that Carter has been working remotely from his home over the last two weeks. He requested an extension contract to cover the time, but Board members felt this was something that should have been discussed and approved at its last meeting.
In addition, Carter said that any work the Board needed of him after July 15 for the succession training of Tolliver would need to be paid at his contract rate of $120 (discounted from $150 for the Board). His previous contractual wage equaled out to around $40 per hour and the Board felt $120 hour was too high a price to pay.
Tolliver felt she needed the training from Carter to receive his institutional knowledge of the Communications District because the job is more than just a password, but she will move forward as things currently stand. It will make her assuming her position more difficult in the beginning, but Tolliver said she’s done it before and the Board seemed confident in her abilities to prevail. They did note that they needed to be more available to Tolliver than simply being “a phone call away.”
Tolliver’s first official day on the job is July 15.