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Assessor search under way

The search for the Guilderland Town Assessor has officially begun, and three applicants have been interviewed for the position so far.

Carol Wysomski is retiring from her post of 16 years but will work part time until a replacement can be found.

Town Supervisor Ken Runion said there were six initial applicants for assessor.

Six people expressed interest, but Runion said one withdrew because of the requirement that the assessor must be a Guilderland resident, and another because of the controversy surrounding the position.

One person withdrew because they had looked at the town's Web site and meeting minutes, and saw the Republicans' problems with the assessor, Runion said.

Runion also said that Councilman Mark Grimm and Councilman Warren Redlich vetoed one of the candidates because the resume did not indicate the person was qualified.

The remaining three were interviewed on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Runion said that the board plans to discuss the matter at the Tuesday, Sept. 16, meeting. A decision, though, might not be made until the first meeting in October.

Councilman Mark Grimm said he is looking for an assessor with two distinct qualities.

"Someone who has real technical expertise and fairness," Grimm said.

Wysomski said she was not asked to help advise the board with the interview process, but she did leave with the board a copy of the state's qualifications for holding the position.

She said she is staying on for another couple of months in a part time capacity though.

"I'm here just to keep things running," said Wysomski.

She also said she will help the new assessor learn the computer system after a final decision on her replacement is made.

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