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Harrietstown supervisor ‘retires’ amid controversy

Harrietstown Supervisor Larry Miller submitted a letter of retirement to Town Clerk Patricia Gillmett March 29.

Harrietstown Supervisor Larry Miller submitted a letter of retirement to Town Clerk Patricia Gillmett March 29. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Harrietstown Supervisor Larry Miller submitted a letter of retirement Thursday, March 29, leaving his post less than a year after three councilmen asked for his resignation.

The letter was addressed to Town Clerk Patricia Gillmett.

“After over sixteen (16) years of service to the residents of the Town of Harrietstown, I have decided to spend more time with my wife, family and grandchildren.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Harrietstown Residents for the honor and the privilege to have been allowed to serve as both their Councilman and Town Supervisor.

“Please accept this letter as my intent to retire from public service from the Town of Harrietstown as its Town Supervisor as of April 30, 2012.

“I have enjoyed my tenure on the Town Board and wish the current Board members the best of luck as they move forward in their endeavors.”

The retirement letter comes three months after the town's insurance company decided to pay former bookkeeper Brenda LaPierre $30,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming that Miller had sexually harassed her at work.

It also comes nine months after three councilmen – current board members Ron Keough and Bob Bevilacqua and former board member Jim Murnane – asked Miller to resign.

Attempts to reach Miller were unsuccessful by deadline.

Gillmett said April 2 that the supervisor is out of town and Deputy Supervisor Barry DeFuria will take over his duties until the position is filled. Once the Franklin County Board of Elections officially receives the resignation letter, Miller’s position will be on the ballot in November to complete his term, which expires at the end of 2013, Election Commissioner Veronica King said April 3.

In November 2013, the full four-year term for supervisor will be placed on the ballot.

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