Norridgewock residents can begin handling business with the town clerk at the Town Office after the Board of Selectmen appointed an interim clerk Wednesday night.

Office Clerk Sharon Dodge was appointed interim clerk and Kelly Green, also an office clerk, will serve as deputy town clerk.

Dodge replaces elected Town Clerk Kerri Everett, who resigned last week saying she didn’t have the time to dedicate to the job.

The change means that residents can begin taking care of town clerk business at the town office. As an elected clerk, Everett did not hold office hours at the town office and was reachable by appointment only.

The town clerk is responsible for dog licenses, birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, cemetery lots, questions regarding access to public records, questions regarding elections and other town information. In Norridgewock the position was budgeted to pay a stipend of $3,500 in 2015.

Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Ron Frederick said Thursday that there are no plans to reconsider how much money the clerk is paid. He said he was not sure how many hours of work per week are normally associated with the job.

“For us we can do the work as part of our regular job, so we don’t really have a way of knowing how much work is coming in,” Dodge said.

Everett, who served as town clerk for almost three years, said the pay did not cover the amount of hours required to serve as town clerk and cited it as one of the reasons for her resignation.

“I thought I would have enough time, but I don’t have access to the Town Office after hours, and I don’t have time with my full-time job to do the duties of town clerk,” Everett said last week.

Residents have voted at least twice on making the job appointed, rather than elected, which would allow the town employees to continue to perform the duties of clerk. The idea was defeated in 2008 and again in 2012.

Dodge and Green are scheduled to work as interim clerks until March 7, when elections will take place for a new clerk. That person will be able to set their own hours.

In the meantime residents can take care of town clerk business during all hours the town office is open. Residents can renew dog licenses — which expire for 2015 on Dec. 31 — throughout the rest of the week and through Mar. 7. Dodge said she does have to get permission from the state to access other documents, but that the town office should be able to begin processing all other town clerk related business starting on Monday.

Fines for late dog license registrations will be issued starting Feb. 1 and will cost $25 per dog.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

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Twitter: @rachel_ohm


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