New Windsor seeks clerk-treasurer Mayor promises speed in filling town position

January 14, 1996|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

For the first time in about 40 years, New Windsor finds itself without a clerk-treasurer.

The council has appointed its secretary as a temporary replacement, and the mayor says the vacancy will be short-lived.

"Unlike the federal government, we can't afford to shut down the town," said Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. "We will expedite the process and find a replacement."

In a letter dated Jan. 2, John Keck announced his resignation as clerk-treasurer.

About 18 months ago, he succeeded Richard Warehime, who had held the post for nearly four decades.

The 20-hour week job at the Town Hall became too time-consuming, said Mr. Keck, a self-employed tax preparer.

"Even though they provided me with a secretary to help, the job was just too much," he said. "I really enjoyed the experience."

Mr. Keck computerized town records from ledgers Mr. Warehime had kept.

At its monthly meeting Jan. 3, the Town Council appointed Cindy Welker as acting clerk-treasurer.

"We are looking into what we need and what we can afford," said Mr. Gullo, who will not limit his search to town residents.

The $7,000-a-year job is part time, but the duties are plentiful, the mayor said. The town hired Ms. Welker, also for 20 hours a week, shortly after Mr. Keck took over the job.

"Since 1993, the town has grown and that means more tax bills, more water bills, more everything," said Mr. Gullo. "We have no other staff than clerk-treasurer and secretary."

New Windsor has a population of about 900.

"I anticipate I will have a nomination before the Town Council by the next meeting," Mr. Gullo said.

5) That meeting is scheduled for Feb. 7.

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