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New town administrator takes over in St. George

Observer courtesy photo Barbara Young (LEFT) and Maggie Kerrin outside the town offices in St. George.
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Barbara Young (LEFT) and Maggie Kerrin outside the town offices in St. George.

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

The town administrator for St. George will be leaving the state this month and a new appointee, Maggie Kerrin, took over the role as of May 20.

The town, which is the smallest in Vermont, has only been working with an administrator since July of 2014, when the town appointed Barbara Young to take on the role, after she had held the town clerk position for six years. Young is moving out of state, to Henderson, Nevada, where her husband has found a new job. Her last day is June 15.

“We all in town were saddened by our current Town Administrator’s, Barbara Young’s, move out of state but are pleased that we were able to find the same high standards and enthusiasm for St. George in Maggie Kerrin,” said Selectboard Chair Charles Scott. “The Selectboard looks forward to working with Ms. Kerrin in the continuation of a well-run town government.”

Young, speaking to the Observer last week, said she thinks leaving Vermont will be sad, but the opportunity out west was too good to pass up.

“We raised our children here, we moved back [after living in Massachusetts]. It’s been wonderful living here, really, really wonderful,” she said. “But we sold our house three years ago and it was hard, but that’s when we really began the move.”

At 2,200 acres, St. George is Vermont’s smallest town geographically and as of 2010’s census, had 674 residents.

Kerrin found out about the position through the Vermont League of Cities and Towns and though she worked for a number of years at Norwich University, she is excited to bring the expertise earned in her academic studies — she holds a masters of justice administration — to this role. “A lot of my coursework in justice administration got me intrigued,” she said, in working in a civil capacity. “A lot of things that happened [in the past few years,] especially Irene, things that kept happening to me in my world, it’s fascinating how they tie in,” she said.

Kerrin worked with Norwich University’s Army ROTC Department as a housing counselor, then also as housing counselor working in housing and finance and most recently as the university’s assistant director of alumni and family events. Kerrin’s also had experience with emergency operation centers, disaster relief and recovery and efforts pertaining to preservation and conservation of natural resources.