They're here for us when we get married, or have children, or when someone close passes away. If you have a question about land, they've usually got an answer. Fishing licenses. Meeting minutes. Election ballots. Town Clerks are responsible for providing and maintaining a lot of information.
This week is Municipal Clerk's Week, and Patch would like to recognize the work of all clerks, especially those in Killingworth, Durham and Middlefield.
Middlefield Town Clerk Donna Golub has been with the town for 13 years.
"I enjoy helping people in the vault. Townspeople come in and they want to search their property to find out who owned their house, maybe 40 or 50 years ago," Golub said when asked what her favorite part of the job is. Maureen Duffy recently took over duties as Assistant Town Clerk.
Linda Dudek has been the Town Clerk in Killingworth for five years. She was elected after the retirement of long-time Town Clerk Susan Adinolfo. Dudek was Adinolfo's assistant for many years.
"I love the diversity of this position," Dudek said. "I am fourth generation in Killingworth and my parents impressed upon me the value in volunteering and being involved in the town. Being Town Clerk allows me a chance to pass on my knowledge of Killingworth."
Dawn Mooney serves as Assistant Town Clerk, while Michele O'Toole is a part-time assistant.
In Durham, Kim Garvis has been the Town Clerk for four years. She spent the previous ten years as Assistant Town Clerk.
"My favorite part of the day is when I can turn someone's day around. When we help someone who has a question and we have the answer," Garvis said. Alicia Fonash-Willett has served as Garvis' assistant for the past three years.
Correction: Patch originally identified Michele O'Toole as Michele Nuhn. We apologize for the mistake.