Grafton Selectmen Name Girouard Interim Town Clerk As Clark Retires

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Donna M. Girouard is appointed interim town clerk in Grafton during Tuesday night's selectmen meeting. Photo Credit: Richard Price

GRAFTON, Mass. — Donna M. Girouard was appointed the interim town clerk in Grafton to replace the retiring Maureen Clark in a unanimous vote Tuesday night of the Board of Selectmen.

Clark made the recommendation. Girouard is no stranger in the halls of the municipal center. She worked for Clark for 13 years, first as the office secretary and then as the assistant town clerk.  

"During my medical leave in 2010, Donna, without hesitation, took on the responsibility for all the duties of the town clerk's office," Clark said in a letter to the Board of Selectmen.

Clark is retiring after 32 consecutive years in the position during which she never faced opposition in town elections. Her first presidential election as clerk was when Jimmy Carter failed in his bid for re-election. 

Girouard's appointment will last until May, when the next election will be held. There is no word on whether she will run for a full term. 

But Girouard will be busy with 12 seats up for election. The seats held by Selectmen Peter Adams and David Ross are up as are the seats held by School Committee members Teri Turgeon and Daryl Rynning.

In addition, two members of the Planning Board are up for re-election to three-year terms. One additional seat, with a one-year term, is open to fill a vacancy. 

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GURR:

The Board made a very good selection with Donna. I, for one, am certainly pleased !

grommit:

This is good. It is great to have "bench strength" whereby a solid player can replace the retiring star. This is a sign of smart management. Out in the private sector, I occasionally see businesses that replace their veterans with outsourcing or part-timers. This saves some money in the short run, but always costs more in the long run.

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