WESTMINSTER -- After nearly a decade working for her town, Doreen Woodward is gearing up for her final summer of public service.
Woodward took over Westminster's town clerk/treasurer duties in May 2005 and has decided September will be the right time to retire. She set a goal to step down from the elected position by October and told the Reformer on Monday that her last day will be Sept. 30.
"I have known for the last year that this would be my target year (for retirement) and I just made up my mind a couple of months ago," she said. "I absolutely love (the job). I have very mixed feelings. I am very excited to enter the next part of my own journey but, without a doubt, I'm going to miss the work, the people and the community."
Woodward, 66, said she will also step down from her positions as the clerk and treasurer of the Westminster School District and the Bellows Falls Union High School District, assistant treasurer of the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union, the board recorder of the WNESU, BFUHS, as well as the Athens-Grafton Contract.
Town Manager Russ Hodgkins said Woodward's term does not end until March and, therefore, the town's Selectboard is able to interview interested candidates and appoint an interim until one is elected by voters at Town Meeting. Hodgkins, who started his job in September 2013, said Woodward greatly helped ease his way into the position and will be sorely missed.
"The whole job has been a learning curve and with her being such a big mainstay and being incredibly knowledgeable, she gives me a lot of good information or gives me directions to find the right answers," he said. "Thanks to her, I'm slowly gaining the connections she has made over the years."
Hodgkins said it will likely be difficult to find a replacement. He said the job is labor-intensive and must be filled by one of the town's roughly 3,400 residents. He told the Reformer the town had received three résumés as of early Monday afternoon.
Woodward said she spent 22 years of her career as a real estate paralegal with Salmon and Nostrand in her native Bellows Falls before taking the job in Westminster.
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