EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 1, 2013

City clerk retiring

Toomey plans to do volunteer work

By Shawn Regan
Staff Writer

---- — HAVERHILL — City Clerk Margaret “Peggy” Toomey is calling it quits after nine years on the job.

Toomey, 65, has resigned her position effective July 31 and will retire on that date, she said.

“I have enjoyed my time here, but it’s time to move on,” said Toomey, who lives in Haverhill. “In my time here, I’ve been exposed to a lot of great groups that I’d like to help. I plan to do a lot of volunteer work.”

Before taking the clerk’s job, Toomey worked for many years as a lobbyist for the Massachusetts Hospital Association and as a legislative analyst for the Election Laws Committee at the Statehouse. Her late father, Daniel, was a longtime city clerk in Danvers.

Mayor James Fiorentini said Toomey was one of his “first and best appointments” soon after he was elected to his first term a little more than nine years ago.

“When I leave City Hall at 5 or 6, she’s usually still here,” the mayor said of Toomey. “Even though her office closes to the public at 4, she always helps people who show up after closing time. The clerk is first and foremost a customer service position and that’s where Peggy has excelled.”

Fiorentini said Toomey oversaw and implemented many reforms and improvements in how the city runs its elections.

“I was out visiting the polls today and all of our elections workers were telling me how much they are going to miss Peggy,” the mayor said yesterday during the U.S. Senate primary vote.

In addition to running elections, the city clerk maintains and manages city records, oversees three workers in the clerk’s office and keeps the record at City Council meetings.

The mayor said he will post the clerk’s job in June or July and that he will form a committee to screen applicants and recommend finalists.

He said he will pick the new clerk among the finalists.

Toomey received $61,000 in her final year as clerk, according to city records.