The town of Jaffrey is looking to hire a part-time municipal clerk to fill in for the town clerk or tax collector when they are away from the office.
To help pay for the position – which was not included in the recently approved budget – Town Manager Jon Frederick said Tuesday that the town’s finance assistant position, which has been vacant since April 6, will be reduced to part-time at 24 hours per week.
“This is one of the issues that was brought up to me during my introduction,” said Frederick, of the need for a municipal clerk. “The situation at hand presented an opportunity.”
Frederick said that initial calculations show that creating the new position and dropping the other to part-time should save the town about $15,000. Before dropping the finance assistant position to part-time, Frederick said he checked with Finance Director Linda Langille to ensure that all the tasks of the department could still be properly completed.
The need for the municipal clerk position was brought forth to the Budget Committee during one of its winter budget discussions.
At the time, the committee decided to not add any money to the budget for the position – about $13,000 was being requested – as it was decided to let the incoming Town Manager assess whether the position was needed.
Frederick said the municipal clerk will work an average of 20 hours a week, with some weeks being more and others less. The municipal clerk will likely work more hours when they begin so they can be properly trained, and then will work a smaller amount of hours until they are needed to step in for the town clerk or tax collector when either is sick, on vacation, or not in the office for whatever reason.
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