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Darien wants to appoint its town clerk, treasurer

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Kayla Bunge
October 21, 2008
— The Darien Town Board wants to be able to appoint the people who serve as town clerk and town treasurer, positions that currently are elected, Clerk Barbara Wheelock said.

"If you're elected, you don't have to have any qualifications," she said. "And the town board just wants to have that opportunity should the offices become vacant."


Voters will be asked Nov. 4 if people should be appointed to the positions by the town board.


The town board is putting the issue to referendum as a cautionary move, not because Wheelock, who's served as clerk for 18 years, or Richard Logterman, who's served as treasurer for 11 years, are planning to leave soon, officials said.


Wheelock said the jobs of town clerk and town treasurer have changed a lot over the years.


"I was working out of my home, and the town chairman came over and brought me a typewriter, a copy machine and a two-drawer file cabinet," she said of her beginnings as clerk. "That was town hall, and that was in my house.


"Since then, times have changed. Things are just more complicated."


Wheelock said the jobs require some specialized background. But if the positions remain elected, the town board cannot guarantee candidates' qualifications, she said.


"People don't know what the jobs entail," she said. "We want to get a qualified person that has had experience with certain computer programs, with office work and ideally with local government."



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