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Canton deputy town clerk retiring from job she loves; will continue historian work

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CANTON - Linda A. Casserly has spent nearly two decades collecting property taxes, issuing hunting and fishing licenses, keeping the town’s vital statistics records and a myriad of other tasks.

The 66-year-old is scheduled to finish up those duties March 31 when she retires as deputy town clerk.

More than just a job for her, Mrs. Casserly said she’s loved helping people and enjoyed interacting with all walks of life in the community, where she raised her own five children.

“So many people take their jobs for granted, but I never regretted a day of work,” Mrs. Casserly said. “A great reward was helping new families settling in the village or town and helping them find their way around their tax questions and other questions they may have.”

Assisting people with genealogical research has been another interesting facet of the job, she said.

“We don’t just collect money,” Mrs. Casserly said, referring to herself and Town Clerk Lisa A. Hammond. “We listen to peoples’ stories. You really get to know your community in this job. We have tried to go out of our way to make this a welcoming place.”

Recalling a comical story, Mrs. Casserly said she once waited on a customer who was seeking his fifth marriage license. He planned to remarry the woman who was his second wife.

Since starting in the clerk’s office in 1992 as an inventory clerk, Mrs. Casserly has worked with three town supervisors - Anne A. Ryan, James T. Smith and David T. Button. She spent many years working with former Town Clerk Margaret R. Stacy.

In 1995, she was appointed part-time historian and assisted in the town clerk’s office. She became full-time deputy town clerk in 2000 when appointed by Mrs. Stacy. Although her days in the clerk’s office will soon end, Mrs. Casserly will still make her way to the municipal building, 60 Main St., on a regular basis. She’ll continue to work part-time as town and village historian, maintaining an office upstairs that will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

She looks forward to writing a second book about Canton’s history and working with photographer Dennis Barr as he creates photographs from century-old glass plates. She also plans to work on historical projects with students at Canton Central School and hopes to get area senior citizens involved with the historian’s office.

“I want to teach seniors how to use the computer and do the research,” Mrs. Casserly said.

She also plans to visit her four grandchildren and spend more time quilting. Her “bucket list” also includes traveling across the country.

Mrs. Hammond said she plans to appoint a new deputy clerk by April 1.

Like other elected officials, Mrs. Hammond has the sole authority to appoint her own deputy and is not required to advertise the job. Approval from the town board isn’t required and the position pays $27,000 a year.

She said she’s received about six resumes and will formally interview candidates later this month.

“I have a couple good candidates, and I would definitely take more resumes if other people are interested,” Mrs. Hammond said.

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