BLOOMINGDALE - St. Armand Town Clerk Cynthia Woodson plans to resign from office next month for health reasons, town officials said Tuesday.
Woodson, who has been town clerk for the past 10 years, plans to submit a letter of resignation by Sept. 20, according to town Supervisor Joyce Morency. Morency said that's the last possible date the position can be put on the ballot for the election in November.
The election would be for the last year of Woodson's current term, Morency said. A full, four-year term would be on the ballot in 2013.
In addition to her responsibilities as elected town clerk, Woodson handles the town's water and sewer billing. The town board agreed Tuesday to advertise that portion of the job and ask interested candidates to submit resumes.
Woodson is currently paid an annual salary of $11,362 as town clerk. She also makes $6,886 handling the water and sewer billing.
Morency said she's not worried about finding someone interested in doing the billing work, but getting someone to run for town clerk might not be as easy.
"Over the years, we've had a hard time finding someone to do that job," Morency said.
Town officials said Woodson has been using vacation time recently and won't be back to work until late August. She'll also take another week off in September.
Later in the meeting, town resident Sandy Hayes asked the board who would handle the town clerk's responsibilities - including issuing marriage licenses, death certificates and dog licenses - while Woodson is away, and also between Sept. 20, when she plans to resign, and Jan. 1, 2013, when a newly elected clerk will take office. He asked if Woodson has a deputy clerk.
Town officials said Woodson had a deputy clerk, but that person has since said they can't do the work due to health reasons. There was some confusion about whether or not the town currently has a deputy clerk.
"Cindy has not had a lot of luck getting and keeping a deputy," Morency said. "Nobody really wants to do it."
Councilman Sam Grimone said the board could appoint someone to handle the clerk's responsibilities through the end of the year, but he said that can't happen until Woodson actually resigns.
"The rule is that you can't replace someone who's on the record as town clerk," said town Budget Officer Mike Kilroy. "They can't do anything until she submits that letter saying she's done."