Friday, May 12, 2000
Treasurer and tax collector appointed temporarily
Tuesday's election date marked the day when the treasurer and tax collector positions changed from elected to appointed, according to a Town Meeting and election vote in 1998.
In anticipation of that change, at their brief meeting before Town Meeting on May 2, the selectmen appointed Nancy and Bill Koerner to continue in their roles as treasurer and tax collector respectively until the positions have been advertised and qualified individuals appointed.
Speaking with Nancy Koerner on election day, she said they were ready to celebrate and toast their 30 years as treasurer and tax collector. Explaining their feelings about the temporary appointment, she said, "We don't want to stay on long-term. We're not in a big hurry to leave, but we're getting ready to make some changes in our lives. As the time is right for the selectmen, we hope to help with the transition and we're willing to continue in a smaller role, if that works. We firmly believe that having the positions be appointed is much more appropriate for the town, considering its growth, and provides a more suitable line of authority. Another major reason for this change is that it broadens the base of candidates since it's no longer restricted to citizens."
According to interim town administrator Madonna McKenzie, the selectmen have asked her to look into how the finance department functions and to make any appropriate recommendations. A search process has not been started and it is not clear whether one or two individuals might be hired.
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