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Town attorney retires

"My wish is that we will hold interviews soon, and my preference is that it be a town resident," said Southworth. "There are a lot of attorneys in town that might be interested."

Phone calls to Potts Wednesday morning, Dec. 19, were not returned by press time at noon Wednesday.

"Skip has done a wonderful job and he will be missed," said Callanan.

Other town committee volunteers sought

Along with the upcoming town attorney opening, there are open seats on the town planning and zoning boards. Southworth is also seeking an emergency management coordinator, a position Callanan held during his town service. Southworth said she preferred to put a more trained person than herself in the volunteer position.

"I've done eight FEMA courses, but it's best for the town if we get someone who knows the equipment and the unified response," said Southworth.

Southworth said she is spending part of each day at town hall, meeting with department heads to build a sense of teamwork.

"Right now, it's just a group of offices in the same building, working as if they're unrelated," said Southworth. "I'm not interested in personal or political issues; let's just get things moving and get the work done."

Southworth, whose husband Pat Southworth chairs the town's Democratic Committee, said she resigned from the committee to signal her intent to remain nonpartisan in town board decisions in 2008.""

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