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Hoskins in as Essex Clerk, LaForest says he is out

Audrey Hoskins takes minutes during the Oct. 18 Essex Town Board meeting, her first back as Town Clerk after replacing Cathy DeWolff, who resigned her post Oct. 12. Hoskins previously retired from the position last December and will stay on until the November 2013 elections.

Audrey Hoskins takes minutes during the Oct. 18 Essex Town Board meeting, her first back as Town Clerk after replacing Cathy DeWolff, who resigned her post Oct. 12. Hoskins previously retired from the position last December and will stay on until the November 2013 elections. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— “This is temporary for me,” she said. “I am not seeking election.”

DeWolff submitted her resignation to the state Comptroller Oct. 12, one week after completing and filing the July and August clerk reports.

“The deputy supervisor (Mark Wrisley) and I had looked over the reports to make sure that those numbers worked with ours, and they did,” Boisen said. “She then submitted the September report on Oct. 11 and resigned the next day.”

DeWolff’s resignation letter said that “a personal matter requires that I tender my resignation effective immediately.”

During the meeting, Boisen asked that the September report by DeWolff be tabled.

“We need to review it further,” she said. “We have reviewed it once, but feel it needs a closer look.”

Deputy Town Clerk Donna Haynes also resigned her post, stating she did so because she did not want to be the next in line for the position of clerk.

“It is my understanding that being the deputy town clerk, I am expected to take over her responsibilities,” Haynes resignation letter stated. “While I sympathize with the hardship this may cause, I am also resigning.”

Haynes said that she would continue on as the water and sewer rents clerk for the town through the remainder of the year, and both she and Boisen hoped that she would be re-appointed to the position by the board in 2013.

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