Hancock searching for next town clerk

HANCOCK — The town of Hancock has begun looking for a new town clerk after the current clerk, Olivia Drury, announced she will be stepping down from the position.
Drury will be relocating to Rochester for family reasons, according to selectboard Chair Jack Ross. In Hancock, as in most Vermont towns, the clerk is required by law to be a town resident, so Drury will no longer be able serve in the position. Ross said Drury, who did not respond to a phone call before the Independent’s Friday deadline, will be leaving on July 1.
In order for a new town clerk (who is also the town treasurer) to be selected, a special town meeting must be held. Ross said that, as of late last week, a date had not been set for that town meeting.
He said the Board of Selectmen also has the ability to appoint an interim town clerk until a town meeting can be held. Drury herself was appointed to the position in the summer of 2015. She was elected to a three-year term the following March.
Ross said, at this time, that he and his fellow selectboard members have no candidate in mind, and no one has come forward. He said they will be putting information in newspapers and spreading word around town about the position.
Drury also served as tax collector, a position often held by the town clerk. Ross said that one candidate has come forward to serve as tax collector, however the selectboard has not yet reached a decision on that potential hire. 

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