TREMONT — Town officials are considering contracting out for assessor and code enforcement services after learning Monday that a longtime employee is resigning.
Debbi Nickerson submitted a resignation letter on July 27. Her resignation is effective Aug. 12. Nickerson has worked in several capacities at the town office for 12 years, most recently as tax assessor, bookkeeper and code enforcement officer.
“I have made this decision to resign in order to attend to family matters,” Nickerson wrote in her resignation letter.
Town Manager Dana Reed, breaking the news during a regular selectmen’s meeting, acknowledged Nickerson’s contributions.
“We’re going to miss her; its going to be a big hole to fill,” Reed said.
In his memo to selectmen, Reed wrote that he wondered if selectmen would consider contracting for assessor and code enforcement officer rather than replacing Nickerson with a town employee. This could, he wrote, “reduce expenses and/or increase efficiency.”
According to Reed, Nickerson’s current salary is $53,102, which does not include health insurance and other employee benefits.
Chairman Kathi Thurston said she would like to look into the possibility. At one time, the town did contract for an assessor, she added.
Selectman Jamie Thurlow noted that some towns have part-time employees doing Nickerson’s jobs.
Reed pointed out that there are advantages to having an additional employee. Nickerson, along with her on duties, could pitch in to help with car registrations and other customer needs.
“It’s good to have someone here in the office,” he said.
Selectmen decided to explore both contracting for the services and using part-time employees. Chris Eaton’s motion to do so carried 4-0.