By Dan Moffett
Briny Breezes Town Council members, following the recommendation of new Town Manager Dale Sugerman, unanimously approved hiring their fifth deputy clerk in as many years on Feb. 22. About 12 people expressed interest in the part-time position, Sugerman said, and he invited three candidates to come for interviews. The clear choice for the job was Maya Coffield, he said.
Coffield has served as a town clerk before, in the village of Marvin, N.C., and has worked the last eight years as a paralegal in Charlotte, N.C., and Cooper City.
“I have checked with all her references and they all give her glowing references,” Sugerman said. “Maya should match up very nicely with what our needs are here in Briny Breezes.”
Coffield earned a bachelor of science degree in business management from Boston University and a master’s from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University.
Since 2013, Briny has had trouble keeping a deputy clerk for much more than a year. In January, Jackie Ermola announced she was leaving to do more work at her church.
Coffield is to start a 20-hour-a-week schedule on March 20. She will earn $20 an hour for the first 90 days, with raises to $22 and $25 an hour by next year.
In other business, Sugerman said he met with Boynton Beach Police Chief Kelly Harris and Capt. Chris Yannuzzi to discuss patrol procedures and parking citation issues.
Police Maj. Michael Johnson, who oversees the patrols, said the department “is just trying to tighten up the way that we’re operating” and improve performance.
Johnson reported two auto burglaries between Feb. 17-19. Thieves stole a set of golf clubs from an unlocked car and smashed a side window to steal a handgun from a car parked on Cordova Avenue. Johnson says residents should keep their cars locked and secure weapons inside their homes.