NICKERSON - Nickerson City Clerk Robin Schmitt is resigning after working at City Hall for more than eight years, to take a job in the Rice County Treasurer Rita Smith's office.

The Nickerson City Council accepted Schmitt’s resignation Monday night and hired Deputy City Clerk April Beshears as city clerk. The council also raised the salary of the full-time job to approximately $20 an hour.

The city is seeking applicants for utility clerk and the person hired potentially could become deputy clerk. Beshears held the title of utility clerk before becoming deputy clerk and handling utilities. There is no utility clerk currently.

A resignation also left the city with an opening for maintenance tech II. City Councilman Jon Rohling was among the applicants, and he did not participate in the executive session where the council considered applicants. In open session, the council hired Joe Keffer for the job, which will pay approximately $17 an hour.

The council wished Schmitt well.

“We’ve had fine audits the last three years,” Councilmember Brad Berridge said.

Schmitt said it’s been an honor to serve. “I know April’s going to do a wonderful job,” she also said.

“I was kind of shocked when she resigned, but I understand it,” Mayor Jim Gladden said.

One of the things Gladden said he will not miss is Schmitt, who sits next to him at the council table, kicking him under the table. “Thanks, Robin, for putting up with me,” Gladden said.