PORTSMOUTH — The several minutes she spent reading the 2013-14 budget ordinance Monday night may not have been the most glamorous job, but for Town Clerk Kathleen Viera Beaudoin it marked her last official duty before the Town Council.
Ms. Beaudoin is retiring June 30, “much to our chagrin,” said Council President James Seveney.
The council meeting began with the retiring clerk presented with proclamations from the town as well as from state Rep. Dennis Canario and Sen. Christopher Ottiano.
“I’ve known Kathy for many many years. Having served on the Portsmouth Town Council for six years, Kathy was the go-to person in town,” said Rep. Canario. “Kathy is responsible for bringing this town into the 21st century in terms on bringing the town clerk’s office up to speed with computerized equipment.”
Sen. Ottiano said he was always impressed with the fairness displayed by Ms. Beaudoin — a Republican — to both parties. “You’ve always been someone who isn’t driven by party politics,” he said.
Ms. Beaudoin thanked everyone for giving her the opportunity to serve the town for 26 years, nearly 10 as town clerk. “I will always treasure that. Thank you,” said Ms. Beaudoin, who got a standing ovation from those in attendance.
Mr. Seveney ended the short presentation by presenting the clerk with am official town tile and clock.
“Right about that time in life when you’re not concerned with a clock, and what do you think you get?” quipped Mr. Seveney. “It comes with batteries — no expense spared.”