Lysander officials set the deputy town clerk's salary at $0 as they deem the appointment inappropriate.
Last month, Town Clerk Gale Grice appointed Mary Peterson, a friend and housemate to the position after firing former Deputy Town Clerk Giselle Jellett on Nov. 7. Jellett said the appointment was unethical because Grice is trying to increase her household income. However, Grice said after offering the position to three other part-time employees and conducting interviews with three other individuals, Peterson was the best-qualified candidate for the position having worked part-time in the office for nine years.
Although the board has no authority over who Grice appoints within her department, municipal law allows officials to set the appointee's salary, which they did.
During last Monday's organizational meeting, Grice had Peterson appointed to two positions as Clerk I and deputy town clerk. Officials said there can be no duplication of appointments and removed Peterson's name from the Clerk I position.
"I just don't understand after seven years, based upon this person's merits and proven record, that the town board is now deeming this appointment inappropriate," Grice said. "I'm not sure how I'm going to approach someone else if this is the precedence that this full-time position is no longer needed."
Supervisor Barry Bullis said the position doesn't need to be eliminated because the town clerk's salary budget is still there.
"Simply because the board has taken this position on not agreeing with you on the propriety of your appointment doesn't necessarily mean that another candidate will not be given a workable salary," Bullis said adding that all other comments should be referred to the town attorney David Twichell.
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