Council group backs Tuttle for town clerk

Deborah J. Tuttle, Assistant Town Clerk in the Town of Greenfield    Recorder/Paul Franz

Deborah J. Tuttle, Assistant Town Clerk in the Town of Greenfield Recorder/Paul Franz

GREENFIELD — The assistant town clerk is one step away from becoming the town’s permanent clerk.

A Town Council subcommittee consisting of President Mark Wisnewski, Precinct 5 Councilor David Singer, Precinct 6 Councilor Hillary Hoffman, and At-large Councilor Patrick Devlin has chosen longtime Assistant Town Clerk Deborah Tuttle to take the lead in that office, but it will require a majority vote of the full council to become official.

Tuttle has been serving as acting town clerk since late last month when Maureen Winseck retired from the position after 25 years to take a job with a local r ealtor.

“I’m excited and look forward to the challenges it brings,” said Tuttle.

If Town Council approves Tuttle’s appointment during its meeting on Feb. 19, she will be sworn in that night and will begin serving as the town’s permanent clerk by taking minutes at the meeting.

According to the town’s charter, the council hires the town clerk, who not only works for the town, but for the council.

Devlin said Tuttle was recommended by a unanimous vote of the subcommittee.

He said the council started with eight applicants, including Tuttle, and interviewed four.

“We eliminated four immediately and one withdrew,” said Devlin. “The other three weren’t as qualified as Deb. It was her, hands down.”

Wisnewski is away and could not be reached, so the names of the three other finalists were not immediately available.

Tuttle has worked in the town clerk’s office for the past 23 years. She became assistant town clerk in 1999.

Winseck said in an earlier interview that Tuttle would be the best person for the job, because she has so much experience and knowledge.

As the subcommittee began its search, Wisnewski said the council would be looking for stability in that office.

Once Tuttle is sworn in, she will begin salary negotiations with the town. Currently, Tuttle makes $52,607 a year, while Winseck was making $68,100 .

Dennis Helmus, the town’s human resources director, said the town clerk position was advertised with a pay range of $54,775 to $62,541. He said it is a non-union position.

Tuttle, who said she is very familiar with the workings of the town clerk’s office, will keep town records, vital statistics, including birth and death certificates, will issue licenses, including dog, hunting, fishing and marriage, and will register voters and conduct the local census.

She will also keep council minutes, post meetings, and help guide town councilors through different processes. She will attend full council meetings and some subcommittee meetings.

One of Tuttle’s biggest jobs, according to Winseck, will be to conduct local, state, federal, and special elections.

There are currently two part-time employees in the clerk’s office.

Helmus said the mayor will now have to appoint someone to the assistant town clerk position. The pay range for that job is $40,147 to $48,915.

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