Coping with vacant positions

MASON — What happens when someone calls the Mason town offices these days? The town of Mason has yet to fill its vacant administrative assistant position, often leaving the town offices barren during regular business hours.

When the Ledger-Transcript called on Friday at 11:30 a.m., Treasurer Pat Letourneau answered the phone.

“I usually work a few hours on Friday as treasurer. Because we are shorthanded, I take the messages for other people,” explained Letourneau. “Trying to be helpful and keep things moving forward. I’m a friendlier answering machine.”

The Select Board reworked the town’s office hours, following former Town Administrator Barbara Milkovits’ departure on July 24.

According to the town’s website, the offices are open Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Fridays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to Mason Town Clerk and Tax Collector Deb Morrison, Select Board Chair Charlie Moser covers the office on Tuesday, Select Board member Louise Lavoie covers Wednesday evening, while Bookkeeper Brenda Wiley covers Thursday hours. “This is to the best of my knowledge,” said Morrison during a recent interview.

The current office hours are different from what Milkovits worked.

“Barbara used to work Tuesday through Thursday from 11 to 3 answering the phones. But [Barbara] was in the office Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4,” said Morrison.

After 24 years of working with the town, Milkovits and the Board of Selectman reached a settlement in late July following months of turmoil within the town offices.

On July 29, the Select Board issued a press release addressing the resignations of Milkovits and Road Agent Fred Greenwood.

The administrative assistant job has still not been officially posted, but Moser acknowledged Tuesday that the town is receiving applications for the position.

“We are receiving applications and haven’t even posted the job yet. I think based on already having received applications, we should be able to choose who we want, which is good. We will post the job in the coming days.”

When asked about the job description, Moser stated, “That is an internal document that has not been approved by the Select Board.”

The road agent position also remains vacant, Moser said in an interview on Tuesday. “The road agent job has been posted and we have received applications, but we have not hired anyone. Based on the applications I’ve reviewed, we have good candidates and will find the right one for the job,” said Moser, who stated that the board would like to fill both vacancies by mid September.

“I’ll be happy when we have a road agent and administrative assistant,” he said.

Dylan Fisher can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235, or

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