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Bristol seeks new town treasurer

BRISTOL — The town of Bristol is in need of a few good number crunchers.

For starters, the town is looking to replace Treasurer and Delinquent Tax Collector Jen Myers, who has served in those capacities since 2011.

Myers resigned on Sept. 24, and her last day will be Friday, Oct. 8.

“I truly appreciate the multitude of opportunities that have been provided to me in the past 10 years and wish the Town of Bristol the best in moving forward,” she wrote in her resignation letter.

Bristol selectboard member Ian Albinson offered Myers a public thank-you at the board’s Sept. 27 meeting.

“I’m sad to see her go,” he said. “She did terrific work and, especially during budget time, explained a lot of things very clearly to me when (I) first started as a selectperson.”

In Bristol, the town treasurer used to be an elected official, but on Town Meeting Day 2020 voters agreed to change it to a position appointed by the selectboard. At that time, Myers was appointed to the job she’d already held after successive years of re-election.

The treasurer is responsible for keeping track of town funds, receipts, investments and disbursements, as well as tax bills and tax collection.

Because of the way the treasurer and delinquent tax collector positions evolved over the years, they were technically two distinct jobs while Myers held them, according to Town Administrator Valerie Capels.

This week the selectboard changed that, folding one job’s duties into the other, and from now on the treasurer will be responsible for delinquent tax collection.

Once the Bristol selectboard has filled the 32-hour-per-week treasurer position, the town will be looking for an assistant treasurer, perhaps even two, Capels told the Independent.

A detailed job description can be found on the town website, bristolvt.org.

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