Saturday August 17, 2013

DOVER -- Nona Monis’ last day as town administrator is slated for Aug. 30.

After working for the town of Dover for about 17 years, she said she had begun considering a career change prior to pleading guilty to a DUI charge last week, which resulted in a sentence that requires her to complete 200 hours of community service with one year of probation.

"It’s merely coincidental," she said. "I’ve been contemplating it for eight months."

However, when she appeared in court earlier this month, Monis requested to spend the weekend in jail, telling Judge David Suntag that, given the responsibilities of her job as Dover’s town administrator, she would not have enough time to perform community service.

Her letter of resignation was given to the Selectboard on Aug. 6. In it, Monis stated that she had enjoyed working for the town.

"I sincerely appreciate the support provided to me during my years with the Town. I have worked alongside some excellent colleagues, and have had many opportunities to grow and develop in my career. I will never forget my time with the Town of Dover," her letter stated. "If I can assist with the transition, please do let me know."

Before taking on employment in town, Monis had worked in the financial industry. She told the Reformer that working in the private and public sectors were completely different.

Monis said she began thinking about retirement, when after becoming eligible to draw on her retirement savings, she had come across blogs where the career of virtual assistant was presented to her.

"Today, retirement is not that stop you working," said Monis. "You do something different."

With her varied expertise and knowledge, she said that she can provide her clients with services that will include the use of Google Cloud, Twitter and Facebook. A sole proprietor of a business that specializes in marketing and events has already requested her services, which can range from executive services to one-time projects.

Monis also mentioned that more companies will now be cutting down on their hours and will be looking for more independent contractors.

"In this economy, companies can’t afford to hire employees on a full-time basis," she said.

Before departing, Monis plans to hang up a white board in her former office to highlight when certain payments are due. If late, many of the payments she had previously taken care of would incur a fine upon the town.

She said she will have her cell phone on and will be ready to answer any questions that the new town administrator will have.

Monis requested to the Selectboard that she stay on as project manager for the Valley Trail. She has done extensive work on the easement process, which she said began around 12 years ago. It required gaining permission to build sections of the walking path that were in the state’s right-of-way.

The project picked up steam about two years ago and now the path reaches from the Mountain Park Plaza to the Saloon parking lot.

By spring 2015, Monis hopes it will reach Tollgate Village.

"This is the last segment," she said. "It will continue. As it continues, it (will go) through the (Dover) Economic Development Department."

Dover Selectboard Chairman Randy Terk told the Reformer that the board would follow the requirements of its employment statutes and post the position opening.

For now, Monis plans to focus primarily on her website.

"I’m going to give it a year. I know it will take time," she said. "I’m going to focus on it."

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.