NORTH SALEM, N.Y.—Things have settled down in the town clerk’s office, after a few-months-long shuffle.
Longtime Town Clerk Veronica “Ronnie” Howley officially filed her resignation at the end of September, to the sadness of other town officials. She had been in the position since 1999.
Howley is a longtime North Salem resident and class of 1976 North Salem High School graduate. She and her husband, Police Chief Thomas Howley, raised four children in North Salem.
“She’s always been a fantastic person to work with,” Supervisor Warren Lucas said. “I’m very sorry to see her retire.”
Howley suffered health complications in 2015. She worked on and off for the last two years before making the decision to officially retire.
In her letter, which she said was written with regret, she wrote, “It has truly been a pleasure serving as the Town Clerk of North Salem.”
Patricia Butler, the deputy clerk for at least 10 years, had been operating as interim town clerk/registrar. She was appointed town clerk/registrar to serve a term effective Oct. 25 at an annual salary of $82,400. Her term ends Dec. 31, 2018.
In addition, a new deputy clerk was named Nov. 14. Kelly Cronin was slated to serve in that position effective Nov. 27 through Dec. 31, 2018, at a salary of $47,000, with an additional $500 stipend for serving as deputy clerk exclusive of compensation for election and registrar duties. The Town Board voted to authorize a salary increase of $1,000 in three month’s time provided she receives a favorable review of her work.