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Town votes to end elections for town office employees

March 13, 2019

DRESDEN, Maine (AP) — Voters in a Maine town have decided that town office staff should be appointed and not elected, in a reversal of policy.

At a special meeting Monday, Dresden residents voted 41-14 to authorize the Board of Selectmen to eliminate the elective town clerk and treasurer positions. The Kennebec Journal reports the positions will be made by appointment and a more traditional hiring process.

Resident Amanda Silverman says the jobs are becoming more complicated, and it would be nice not to risk having to retrain someone every year.

Dresden selectmen are expected to act in the next few weeks to create the jobs and approve job descriptions for the positions of treasurer and town clerk.

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Information from: Kennebec Journal, http://www.kjonline.com/