Board Preps for Appointing Town Clerk

Selectman Greenwood “Woody” Hartley asked during the September 3 Rochester Board of Selectmen’s meeting to look ahead toward the spring annual election, when the town clerk position officially changes from an elected position to an appointed one.

            Town Meeting voters in May approved the article proposing an appointed rather than elected town clerk, an idea first presented to the other selectmen in April by Hartley himself upon current Town Clerk Naida Parker’s announcement that she would be retiring from the post after 35 years.

            On September 3, Hartley asked that the matter be added to the next meeting’s agenda in order to prepare for the transition with a “complete plan” to include a proposed budget. Perhaps the selectmen might even have a candidate chosen come the annual April election, Hartley said.

            “[There will be] a quick turnover after election,” said Hartley. “If we start talking about it now, it’ll give us time to put together a thoughtful plan.”

            In other business, Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar announced that the Plumb Library received a donation of $17,060 from the George E. & Katherine H. Church Revocable Trust for “general uses and purposes” at the library.

            The next regular meeting of the Rochester Board of Selectmen is scheduled for September 16 at the Rochester Town Hall at 6:00 pm.

Rochester Board of Selectmen

By Jean Perry

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