By Julie Huss
---- — LONDONDERRY — The town has a new interim town clerk.
Susan Hickey, also the town’s director of finance, was named interim town clerk/tax collector at the Town Council meeting Monday.
The appointment comes following the departure last month of Meg Seymour, who served in the role for almost 14 years.
Until the official council appointment, assistant town clerk/tax collector Kathleen Donnelly had filled in as clerk.
State and town law state an appointment can be made by the Town Council to fill the role until the next town election next March.
Hickey has worked for town since 2001.
Resident Pauline Caron said putting Hickey in that role would be a conflict of interest, due to her other role as finance director, handling the town’s money.
“There should be a segregation of duties,” Caron said. “We should have a special election to fill the town clerk/tax position role. I don’t think it’s right.”
Interim Town Manager Bill Hart said Hickey’s appointment would not pose a conflict with her duties as finance head.
The appointment will coincide with other changes coming to the town clerk’s office.
Those changes include 15 minutes less time for the clerk’s office to be open to the public, beginning in September.
Hart said that’s part of an effort to try to streamline the work being done, and make improve services for residents coming in to do business.
He said the reorganization will help alleviate extra hours that workers were being paid to get caught up with work after the office closed.
It will also save the town money, he said.
“If you have a big transaction, like a marriage license, you will have to get in there by 4:45 p.m.,” Hart said. “It’s a way to gain a more efficient (department) at a reduced cost to taxpayers.”
Hart said the town would let the public know of the upcoming changes at Town Hall.