ANSON — A new administrative assistant will begin overseeing the town’s day-to-day operations beginning next month.
Triss Smith, 52, of Madison, started work at the town office Monday. She will work alongside the town’s current administrative assistant, Bob Worthley, until his retirement June 20.
“I like town government and I enjoy working with people, so I was excited when this opportunity came up,” said Smith, who most recently worked as a project analyst for Summit Natural Gas of Maine in Augusta on construction of the 68-mile natural gas pipeline that’s being built from Pittston to Madison.
She has also worked in other administrative and business positions in central Maine, including 12 years in finance and human resources for the town of Madison.
Smith began her working career with a six-year stint as a bank teller for Federal Trust Company, first in Bingham and later in Skowhegan. She later was a bookkeeper for a Skowhegan oil company and spent 13 years working for local insurance agencies.
Her duties in the full-time position will include acting as town clerk and treasurer and providing general assistance to the town office and board of selectmen.
“My main goal is to provide the board of selectmen with the support they need to do their job,” she said.
Smith grew up in Moscow and has a business degree from Thomas College in Waterville.
Worthley announced his retirement at the annual town meeting in March. He has worked for the town as administrative assistant for 16 years.
Smith was appointed as the new assistant by the Board of Selectmen on May 13.
“She has a lot of municipal experience. We had quite a few people apply but she seemed the most qualified,” said Arnold Luce, chairman of the board of selectmen.
The starting salary for the position is $46,000.
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