Last week, Town Clerk Gale Grice and her four person staff resigned from their positions in the Lysander Clerk's office, leaving Supervisor Barry Bullis scrambling to find a temporary replacement so the office could remain open.
Bullis said he was in shock to hear about Grice's resignation, and even more so that it came with such a short notice and that the rest of the department was leaving as well.
"I would have liked to have had a little notice," he said.
As of last Thursday, Bullis was looking at resources from other towns and exploring the possibility of sharing staff to keep the office open. His first phone call was to Shirley Kelly, the former town clerk who held the position for 24 years and retired in 2001. The town board held a special meeting Monday morning and approved the temporary appointment of Kelly allowing the office to remain open until a permanent replacement could be found.
"[Shirley] agreed to come in to help out," Bullis said. "She would like to go back to retirement, though."
Bullis added that volunteers from other towns have been helping out as officials sort through applications. "We're developing a schedule until we can find suitable appointments," he said.
The clerk's office processes passport applications, licenses such as marriage, hunting and dog licenses and handicap parking permits. The office also serves as the coordinator of elections and provides a notary public, in addition to other services.