UNITY — Town leaders will once again be searching for a town clerk as the one hired just weeks ago is leaving the position, the latest municipal worker to step away as the town struggles to retain employees.

Clerk Loni-Ann Spaulding was previously the town clerk in neighboring Knox and joined the Unity town office just last month. She was in the position for a couple of weeks before giving her notice Thursday, according to Selectman Tim Parker Jr.

Spaulding had replaced a town clerk who held the position for several years and Parker said competing factions in town have contributed to a fractious atmosphere that has alienated town workers and prompted several to leave.

In addition to a town clerk, a few of the other posts that must be filled include code enforcement officer, an administrative assistant and fire chief.

The position of town clerk pays approximately $35,000 and does not include a benefits package.

Spaulding will be working for the town into next week before departing. Parker said after that residents can go to the town offices in Burnham, Thorndike and Troy for some municipal services they may need.

The departure of town workers comes as residents have been at odds this year over a few municipal matters, including efforts by a group called Diversity in Unity to organize an LGBTQ parade through town during Pride Month in June. Some had sought to ban Pride decorations on town property, most notably crosswalks that for a time were repainted with rainbow colors.

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