BLOOMINGDALE - The St. Armand town council has named a new town clerk.
Davina Thurston has been appointed to the part-time position through Dec. 31, Deputy Supervisor Sam Grimone said Tuesday.
Thurston takes over for Cynthia Woodson, who retired as town clerk last month for what town officials said were health reasons. Woodson had been the town's clerk for 10 years.
Woodson's official date of retirement was Sept. 28, making it too late for the position to be put on the general election ballot Nov. 6, Republican Essex County Election Commissioner Derinda Sherman told the Enterprise Wednesday. The town could either hold a special election for the position or appoint someone until it could be put on the ballot next year, Sherman told the Enterprise.
Grimone said the town has no plans for a special election because it would be too costly. Grimone said the board would likely appoint Thurston to serve as its clerk for the 2013 calendar year sometime in December.
Thurston told the Enterprise she'd like to continue in the job beyond Dec. 31.
"I am interested in continuing to serve the town of St. Armand as their clerk," Thurston said following a special town board meeting Tuesday.
Thurston said she heard about the clerk vacancy in the Enterprise, put in an application and was interviewed and later offered the job. She had previously worked as deli manager of the Ray Brook Sunoco. She also works as a part-time service adviser at High Peaks Ford, a position she plans to continue to hold.
The town board has also hired Thurston as the town's water and sewer billing clerk, a part-time, unelected position.
Grimone said a dozen people, including many who he said were very qualified, applied for the two positions before the board made the decision to hire Thurston. Some were ruled out because they didn't live in the town, which is a requirement for the clerk's job, Grimone said. Thurston lives in Bloomingdale.
The town clerk's salary is $11,362 a year. The water and sewer billing job pays about $7,000 a year.
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