Stony Creek man wins town post without campaigning for it

Frank Thomas said Monday morning he hadn't yet heard whether Zackary Thomas was accepting the position as assessor.

LaGrasse said that Thomas hadn't yet officially accepted the post, and that would occur at the town's 2010 organizational meeting.

"Zackary is very knowledgeable about the town and he's popular," LaGrasse said.

The organizational meeting will be held either the morning of Monday Jan. 4 or Tuesday Jan. 5, Frank Thomas said.

LaGrasse said the open assessor seat was due to the expired term of Tara Tremaine Fisher, who ran for supervisor against Frank Thomas.

Carol LaGrasse, who serve on the board for nine years, credited Zackary Thomas for bringing the town Highway Department into the modern age, keeping comprehensive records and keeping the department working efficiently.

Peter LaGrasse said that serving as assessor requires a commitment to considerable training provided by the state.

A town assessor, however, unlike a town justice, can begin serving in the post and perform assessor's duties while taking the required schedule of courses, he said.

Decisions on a town Board of Assessors are made by consensus, LaGrasse said.

Efforts to contact Zackary Thomas, Harrington and Fisher were unsuccessful.

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