DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

February 27, 2014

Three vie for town clerk/tax collector job


Derry News

---- — LONDONDERRY — Three women hope to win the town clerk/tax collector job in next month’s election.

Sherry Farrell, Adriana Komst and Deborah Nowicki all hope to win at the polls March 11.

That position is also the subject of a town warrant article asking voters to consider whether the job should be eventually separated into two separate positions.

A warrant article on this year’s town ballot will ask residents whether they wish to change the elected town clerk/tax collector position to two separate jobs and elect the town clerk for a three-year term. If approved, a town clerk would be elected in March 2015. The tax collector would then be appointed annually. Right now, the job is combined, and the office-holder is elected by voters at the polls.

Whoever wins at the polls March 11 will take over the position’s responsibilities for one year. If the article passes, the process would change and the town clerk will continue to be elected and the clerk will become an appointed position.

For Nowicki, being elected would help her find a way to deal with voter apathy and said she has the credentials to be a positive force at town hall.

Komst said she is looking forward to the challenge, if elected, and to handle the job that currently seems to be changing.

“I am resourceful and capable of being an asset during a transitionary period and am excited for the challenge,” she said.

Farrell said it’s refreshing to see the passion about this job from both sides as many people spoke out for and against a potential split of the position.

“I think between the three of us, we’d go into it and learn and make sure we do everything right,” she said. “Changes may come next year.”

Sherry Farrell

Age: 53

Incumbent: No

Occupation: Account manager for Welcome Wagon International

Elective experience: None

What is the single most important issue facing the Londonderry town clerk/tax collector? Making sure the people of Londonderry feel comfortable and welcomed each time they meet with the town clerk/tax collector.

Adriana Komst

Age: 42

Incumbent: No

Occupation: CFO

Elective experience: London-derry Budget Committee

What is the single most important issue facing the Londonderry town clerk/tax collector? The possibility of a transitionary period will bring challenges. I’m uniquely qualified to manage and embrace change, while keeping town’s best interest at the forefront.

Deb Nowicki

Age: Refused to divulge

Incumbent: No

Occupation: Credit and collections manager

Elective experience: London-derry Budget Committee

What is the single most important issue facing the Londonderry town clerk/tax collector? I respectfully ask voters to vote. Voter apathy has been made clear in mere disgust of what has been going on in Londonderry.