At the May 24 public meeting, Paonia town trustees voted unanimously to appoint Corinne Ferguson as town clerk. The appointment was one of four made by trustees that are required by state statute following the seating of the new board, which was done on April 26.
Ferguson has served as deputy town clerk since December 2013. She was elected as a trustee in 2010 and resigned after accepting the job with the town. Her appointment expires in April 2018.
"It's a win-win," said town manager Jane Berry, who has shared town clerk duties with Ferguson since former town clerk Barbara Peterson was dismissed by the town early last year. She is already familiar with most, if not all of the primary duties required of the town clerk. Ferguson remains under direct supervision of the town manager. She receives $17.84 an hour and will receive no additional compensation, said Berry.
Ferguson has taken advantage of training and professional development opportunities. Last November she attended the annual Institute of Town Clerks through Colorado Municipal Clerk's Association. She will take additional classes in July and attend the institute again in November. Upon completion she will be certified as a municipal clerk.
Considering her training and experience, the board believes she is well-qualified for the job, said Mayor Charles Stewart. "We now have two very good employees who work together very well."