Town of Pomfret Clerk Candidate, Tricia M. DeJoe, met with City of Dunkirk Clerk William Tuggle. Tuggle took this opportunity to show DeJoe the inner workings of a Clerks office. "When Tricia was here, we went over the various responsibilities of the clerk's office," Tuggle said. "Included in her observations were how we did birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, dog licenses, bingo licenses and license to run games of chance."
Tuggle continued, "I showed her how to sell a hunting license, and also discussed the issuing of electrical & plumbing licenses in the City of Dunkirk." Many of the services provided by the city clerks office are identical to the services available in Town Clerk offices. In addition to providing licenses and certificates, the Clerk aids in the business of the Town or City Council. The Town of Pomfret Clerks office is responsible as well for the Town Council organization and minute taking. Organizational and "people" skills are essentials to a smooth, efficient operation.
"I took a close look at how a Town Clerk performed, but I felt that I needed to see first hand what the day to day operations held," said DeJoe. "I was pleased to see the number of services, some we don't tend to think of, being performed on a daily basis. As well, I was surprised to see several friends in the City Clerks office. The Pomfret Town Clerks office should be making its best effort to attract the residents of Pomfret so that we can deliver certificates and licenses to our residents. That means more dollars staying here in Pomfret instead of heading to other towns, cities and villages. This is an issue I plan to make a priority."
"Besides myself, she went over information with my deputy clerk, Clara Donaldson, as well as Christine McGraw, who also works in my office," continued Tuggle. "She was very observant, asked lots of questions, and took notes while we went over the various tasks. She was also extremely pleasant, both to the three of us and to the people she knew in the building. She seemed very eager to learn, and I know she'll do a great job if she's elected."
"I want to be as prepared as I possibly can be," explained DeJoe. "I am confident in my ability to deliver the services required by the Town Clerk and I will go above and beyond for Town residents. I saw how Dunkirk operated, and we need to have an office that delivers all it can in a friendly and efficient manner."