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Lysander appoints town clerk

Lysander officials have appointed Lisa Dell to the position of town clerk.

"She was the most qualified candidate that applied for the position," said Barry Bullis, town supervisor.

Dell was chosen by the Lysander Republican Committee to run for the position in the upcoming November election, so she was a natural candidate for the Lysander town board to review. Bullis said the board could have selected a candidate that was not running in the November election. However, since there are only weeks until the election, the appointee would have only been in the position for a few months, because there was not enough time to get another name on the ballot.

"It didn't make much sense to choose someone who would only serve for a couple months," Bullis said, adding that despite the election, Dell was the first choice for the position because of her qualifications.

There are only two people running in the upcoming election for Lysander town clerk -- Dell and Giselle Jellet, who is running on the conservative line.

"We certainly hope that Lisa is elected in November," Bullis said.

Former Town Clerk Gale Grice resigned from the position in August, as did her five-person staff. Shirley Kelly, also a former Lysander town clerk who held the position for 24 years, came out of retirement Aug. 24 to temporarily fill the position until a permanent replacement could be found. The town also sought and received help with the workload from surrounding towns including Lynn McCormick, Van Buren's town clerk, who helped by accepting and processing marriage, hunting and dog license applications and other duties.

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