The retirement of Town Clerk Bernice Roberts has prompted a four-way race for her post, three of the candidates — Barbara LaFlure, Pat Smith and Cynthia Hill — competing in the Republican Primary. All three cite ability to manage detailed records, a keen eye for detail, and commitment to public service.
Cynthia “Cindy” Hill of Chestertown, has an associates degree in accounting and busines administration and an undergraduate degree in computer and information science, plus deep experience obtained in office positions. She pledges to optimize the efficiency of the clerk’s office, expand hours as needed, and pursue cost-saving measures.
Barbara LaFlure has roots in Brant Lake and Pottersville, and now ives in Chestertown. She has served in various posts, including a seat on the North Warren School board for 12 years including posts as board President and Vice President. She has been employed by Bay Street Abstract for 21 years as an abstractor. LaFlure said she’d like to extend the town clerk’s office hours to include mornings one Saturday a month.
Town of Chester 20-year resident Patricia “Pat” Smith has been employed by the town of Chester since 1998. Her duties with the town include years of work as clerk of the Planning & Zoning office, Deputy Zoning Administrator, secretary to both the town Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals, and as Deputy Court Clerk. Also, she has served as Deputy Town Clerk for almost 10 years. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Assessment Review, and has been the panel’s chair for two years.