In Wilton, that person has been Carol Maynard. Carol is retiring at the end of this month after almost 20 years working for the town.
“It is just time,” said Carol. “I am ready to relax a little.”
Carol started working for Wilton in 1993 after several years with Saratoga Bridges. She transferred to the town clerk’s office in 2002 when the existing deputy clerk was leaving.
“The town clerk asked me if I would be interested in doing the job,” said Carol, who said she is looking forward to spending some time in Florida and with her family. She has four daughters and one son, as well as 10 grandchildren.
For Carol, both the job and Wilton have vastly evolved over the years.
Growing up in Saratoga, Carol moved to Wilton in 1972. That was when it was mostly rural countryside - before all the malls, the arterial, the housing developments.
“There has been a lot of growth,” said Carol, noting that the way it was handled has been a good thing for the town.
“Our recreation is much better, the schools are better – it has grown and with that growth, a lot of good things have come to Wilton.”
Some of those things include the parks, she said, and the tax base generated by the expansion of Exit 15 and Route 9.
But for the town clerk’s office, it has meant additional responsibilities and work load, all crammed into a 35 hour work week.
“In 2010, they combined the tax office with our office,” said Carol, who said the added stress of preparing, filing, and maintaining the tax rolls, has made the job a little harder.
“The changes and the stress have not been easy and having to run for office every two years has made it a very stressful situation,” she said, adding that in spite of those difficulties, she loves certain aspects of her job.
“There is some sadness [about leaving.] I am going to miss the interaction – meeting people all the time – that’s one of the perks of this job,” she said. “I have made a lot of friends with the residents and some of the people I work with.”
She noted that once she retires she might get more involved with her family’s genealogy – something she dabbles with as a hobby – but for now she planned to stay around this winter to help the new clerk settle in and learn the ropes.
“I won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. I told them I would help in any way they needed,” said Carol, who describes herself as “just an average person.” “It’s just it’s time for a little R & R.”