Historic change in leadership in Town of Clarkson

By on January 8, 2018
Jerry Underwood is sworn into office as Clarkson Town Supervisor December 27, 2017, by Clarkson Town Clerk Sharon Mattison. Underwood’s wife, Cindy, looks on. Provided photo

Jerry Underwood is sworn into office as Clarkson Town Supervisor December 27, 2017, by Clarkson Town Clerk Sharon Mattison. Underwood’s wife, Cindy, looks on. Provided photo

The Town of Clarkson has its first new leader in nearly four decades. Jerry Underwood was sworn into office by Town Clerk Sharon Mattison December 27, 2017. Underwood, a Democrat, was elected to the post in November in an upset victory over long-time Republican Supervisor Paul Kimball.

Underwood’s first meeting as a member of the town board was the annual organizational meeting held January 2, 2018.

Underwood made a very unassuming start. “My name is Jerry and I’m glad to be here,” Supervisor Underwood told fellow board members and town officials in attendance as the meeting began.

Council members quickly worked through 40 resolutions during the meeting, which included annual appointments and policy adoptions.

Councilperson Allan Hoy was appointed deputy supervisor. Richard Olson was re-appointed town attorney; Chatfield Engineering was re-appointed to Office of Engineer; and Chad Fabry was re-appointed as Building Inspector, Code Enforcement Officer and Fire Marshal.

Council members also approved the wage and salary schedule for 2018. Supervisor Underwood will receive a salary of $22,593, which he said he will donate to the Seymour Public Library.

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