|A car won't be among the perks for the next president of Washington State Community College, officials said.
Chairman Ken Schilling said the board decided to compensate the next president for travel expenses rather than lease or purchase a car, as was done for Charlotte Hatfield and her predecessor, Carson Miller.
"It was just less accounting and more straightforward in having a compensation plan that was obvious ... to all the candidates," Schilling said.
The three cars used by Hatfield during her nine-year tenure at the school's helm cost Washington State approximately $86,000, including repairs and regular maintenance, according to documents provided by the school at the request of The Marietta Times. Copies of receipts were provided from fiscal year 2005 to the present. Receipts from fiscal years 2003 and 2004 were past the required records retention period, although data on the car lease signed in 2002 was provided.
Hatfield signed a new contract at the end of March, agreeing to step down on May 1 instead of at the end of the year, when her previous contract was set to expire. Trustees said the move was made to help provide for a smooth transition to a new president. Hatfield will work through the end of the year as a consultant for the school and retains use of the 2009 Toyota Avalon the school purchased in December 2009.