EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 19, 2013

Londonderry town clerk to resign from the job

By Julie Huss

---- — LONDONDERRY — Londonderry’s town clerk is calling it quits only three months after being re-elected to the job.

Meg Seymour is resigning from her town clerk/tax collector job June 28.

Seymour, 51, just won a new three-year term in March and has served the town for almost 14 years.

The announcement of her departure came at the Town Council meeting Monday.

Acting Town Manager Bill Hart gave no specifics on why Seymour was leaving the job, but said she submitted her resignation letter on June 14.

“We will certainly miss her work and smile every day,” Hart said. “She has done yeoman’s work.”

Seymour appeared before councilors Monday night and made a tearful statement thanking everyone for their support.

“I want to thank Town Council, acting town manager, department heads, staff and residents for supporting me,” she said. “I am going to miss serving the community.”

When contacted again yesterday morning, Seymour said she was leaving her job “for personal reasons.”

She said she will miss being at Town Hall.

“I will miss working with the community and staff,” she said. “I love what I do.”

She said her last day, a week from Friday, would be the busiest day of the year for her office.

“The fiscal year ends, taxes are due July 1, there are vehicle registrations,” she said. “I knew I wouldn’t want to leave before that day. I would never leave that to my staff. I would never do that to them.”

Her staff includes one full-time deputy clerk, two other full-time staff and one part-time worker.

Seymour would not comment on what her future plans would be, but did say she was always interested in doing volunteer work.

“We will see what the future brings,” she said.

Hart said the town would begin a process to replace Seymour and will follow all legal requirements to fill the position.

That includes moving up deputy town clerk/tax collector Kathleen Donnelly to take over the job. State law puts the deputy in charge until the next Town Meeting.

Town Councilor Tom Dolan said it will be an adjustment once Seymour leaves.

“We wish Meg well, but we shouldn’t miss a beat,” Dolan said. “As far as a permanent replacement, we will take care of that at the next election next March.”