DERBY – Interim Derby Town Clerk and Treasurer Faye Morin is the only person to turn in a petition for the upcoming special election Nov. 27. She filed for town clerk, town treasurer, and school treasurer.
In a split decision last Monday, the Derby Select Board voted to request that petitions for the town clerk and treasurer position be due on Monday, Oct. 22. Select board members Laura Dolgin and Steve Gendreau, along with chair of the board Brian Smith, wanted the election sooner than later. Board members Beula-Jean Shattuck and Karen Jenne had wanted to give people two weeks to collect signatures instead of one.
Morin is currently serving as the interim town clerk and treasurer following the Sept. 30 resignation of Nicole Daigle.
When Daigle found a new job, she decided to bring in Morin and train her. Daigle said she had Morin’s resume on file and thought she was best suited to take over the position when she left. Morin has extensive accounting experience and is a life-long Derby resident.
Daigle's decision caused controversy in the community. Many people said that Daigle chose her successor and complained that the position was never advertised. But Daigle maintained that the residents would get their chance to vote at the March Town Meeting, and she didn't want to leave the town in a bind by just resigning and not finding a replacement.
Those who did not like the way the events unfolded do not question Morin's qualifications for the position, but say they believe in the Democratic process.
A petition calling for a special election for the town clerk position was circulated and more than enough signatures were gathered.
Jenne had said she was considering running, but Sunday she said that she is seriously contemplating running in March during Town Meeting instead. Jenne said that many people around the community have asked her to seek the position now, but if Jenne won, she would have to resign from the Derby Select Board and she feels time management could become an issue. Jenne serves as the Derby Line Village Clerk and Treasurer and as assistant clerk for the Village of Derby Center.
Several residents asked if they could write her name in on the ballot, Jenne said. She is okay with that, and would have to consider what to do if she won.
Jenne has served on the select board for many years and is up for re-election in March. She is considering not seeking re-election to the board as it is not supposed to be a lifelong position and others have expressed interest, she noted. Jenne is also up for re-election in April for village clerk in Derby Line.