August 27, 2014

Last Kathy standing

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Assistant clerk Kathy Smardon retires after 23 years of service

By Luke Baynes

Observer staff

Assistant Clerk Kathy Smardon.

There was a time when there were three Kathys working for the town of Williston.

There was Kathy Delfausse, assistant to the town manager. She retired in 2010.

There was Kathy Boyden, assistant clerk. She retired last November.

On June 22, the last official day of work for Assistant Clerk Kathy Smardon, Williston will find itself Kathy-less for the first time in 40 years.

“I have loved my job. I have loved the work that I did here,” Smardon said. “But I’m getting older and I’m getting tireder and I want to spend time with my grandchildren.”

Smardon, 66, began her career in the town clerk’s office in 1989—just prior to Williston’s growth explosion, when the town’s population increased by a staggering 56.5 percent during the 1990s.

“The boom was really starting, and through the early ’90s we had tons of recording, because so much was going on in the town at the time,” Smardon said. “There was so much development and so many places being bought and sold constantly.”

In those days, Smardon didn’t have the benefit of computers to record or search for land records, although she said she enjoyed the challenge.

“There’s so much in this job that’s like solving a puzzle or solving a mystery when you’re hunting for records,” she said. “I enjoy that part of it very much.”

Town Clerk and Treasurer Deb Beckett said Smardon’s institutional knowledge will be missed.

“She’s been amazing to work with in terms of her knowledge of the whole land records system,” said Beckett. “She’s probably one of the most knowledgeable in the state as far as land records goes.”

A Delaware native, Smardon said she plans to occasionally return to the First State to visit her sister, but for the most part she will relax and do some scrapbooking, gardening and general “puttering.”

Smardon will be replaced on a full-time basis by current part-time employee Samantha Ford. Sarah Mason, who came on board when Kathy Boyden retired, rounds out the inaugural Clerk/Treasurer Office staff of the post-Kathy era.

Boyden, to whom Smardon offered kind words when she retired, returned the favor to Smardon in an email to the Observer.

“It was great to hear that Kathy Smardon is retiring. She is very dedicated to her job and compassionate to all that know her,” Boyden wrote. “Over the years we confided in each other and grew a comfortable working relationship. I wish her the very best.”

To celebrate Kathy Smardon’s 23 years of town service, an open house will be held June 22 at 3:30 p.m. in the Town Hall meeting room. The public is welcome to attend.

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