CHESTER - Town of Chester resident Patricia "Pat" Smith has declared her candidacy for the position of Town Clerk, following incumbent Town Clerk Bernice Robert's recent announcement she was going to retire at the end of this year.
Smith has been a resident of Warren County for 42 years, and a resident of the Town of Chester for almost 20 years, where she and her husband own their home. She was educated in Dutchess County, and has spent her entire life in customer service.
Pat has been employed by the town of Chester since 1998. Her duties with the town include her work as Clerk of the Planning & Zoning Office, Deputy Zoning Administrator, Secretary to both the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals, Deputy Court Clerk, plus Deputy Town Clerk for almost 10 years. Also, she serves on the Board of Assessment Review, and has been the panel's chairperson for the past two years.
Smith said this week her tenure with the Town Clerk has given her valuable experience for taking on the position, and the many facets that it entails.
She said shares the concerns of her friends and neighbors with regard to prevailing social and economic issues, as well as current events. She said she is a diligent worker with an eye for detail, and believes that both her employment record and her work ethic are a signature of who she is, and what she stands for.
"My heart and mind are centered on community," she said, adding she has a common-sense approach to problem solving. Pat said she intends to serve the town of Chester with integrity and fairness, and believes that she is the most qualified person to follow in the footsteps of Bernice Mrs. Roberts, who has served the Town of Chester for 18 years.
The Republican Primary election is Sept. 13, and the General Election is Nov. 8.