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Town of Port voters to decide future of clerk’s post Tuesday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 17:40

    Town of Port Washington residents will be faced with a major decision at the polls Tuesday, April 1 — whether to make the town clerk an appointed position or continue to elect the clerk.

    Town supervisors have spoken in favor of the referendum question, saying the position of clerk is integral to the town and its operations.

    “This is one position where, if you don’t have someone who’s qualified or if you get a disgruntled person in, it could really put the town in a tizzy,” Town Chairman Jim Melichar said as the board discussed the question earlier this year.

    By appointing a clerk, the town could ensure continuity and a professional operation, he said.

    Town Clerk Jenny Schlenvogt has said it took her several years to feel comfortable taking on all the clerk’s duties, officials noted.

    Unlike town supervisors and the town chairman, the clerk doesn’t determine policy and isn’t a voting member of the Town Board, officials said.

    If voters approve the referendum, the Town Board would appoint the clerk when Schlenvogt’s term ends in 2015.Daily-Press

    The clerk would then be appointed to a term not to exceed three years, and could be removed by the board for cause.

    If the referendum fails, the clerk’s position will remain an elected one.

    This isn’t the first time the town put the question of the clerk’s position on the ballot. A referendum on the question in 2010 failed, 343-319.

 
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