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December 15, 2017

Vacancy: Town loses Clerk, again


The Town Board meets Tuesday night. One agenda is sure to be what to do about the vacancy in the office. For the third time in as many years, the town has lost its office manager/town clerk/treasurer.

Laura McCuddy gave it all she had for about ten months before abruptly quitting. The previous person in the job also quit. And the one before that was recently convicted of a felony for stealing money from the town. Donita Roby avoided prison time if she repays the money at a rate of $200 per month for 20 years.

McCuddy resigned just a few days after the board held a closed door executive session to talk about her employment at the February meeting. Citing illness, McCuddy did not attend the meeting. The board voted not to fire her but to give her a plan of improvement. No word on what the problem was.

The position of office manager paid an hourly wage, and although the clerk/treasurer position is elected, McCuddy was appointed to fulfill a term. The position answers to the town trustees, in essence to five bosses.

Luther Mayor Lea Ann Jackson said the vacancy will be addressed at Tuesday’s meeting.

“We received a letter of resignation from Laura McCuddy which was effective February 24, 2016.  The Town is fortunate and has employees who are willing to pitch in until a new person is hired.  Additionally, Board members have also been assisting.  At the meeting on Tuesday, March 8, the Board will consider what changes might be necessary in the position to decrease turnover,” said Jackson.

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