PORTSMOUTH — Town Clerk Kathleen Viera Beaudoin will step down from her position in less than four weeks.Ms. Beaudoin informed the town of her decision in a June 4 letter to David P. Faucher, personnel/finance director.
Her retirement is effective June 30, 2013.
“I just think it’s time to let someone else steer the ship,” she said Friday. “I’ve completed 26 years here and it’s been a wonderful time and more than I could ever expect as far as the support I’ve received from citizens of the town and both political parties.”
She was first appointed to fill the unexpired term of longtime Town Clerk Carol Zinno on Dec. 1, 2003. It was a proud moment to be trusted with the office, she said.
“But it was also bittersweet in a lot of ways because Carol was a near and dear friend of mind,” Ms. Beaudoin said.
Her own retirement is also bittersweet, she said, “but I’m looking forward to some down time.”
What will she miss most?
“I think the public contact,” she said. “When you have the knowledge of how to help them, that to me is very rewarding.”
Ms. Beaudoin said she’s managed to complete some important projects since she started as clerk. One such job she completed was the codification of town ordinances.
“That was something that was put on one of the ballots in 2004 or 2006,” she said.
She also managed to get the Portsmouth Compact — the 1638 document that established the town — to Town Hall for one day back in March of this year. The Compact, which lives at the State Archives Division in Providence, hadn’t made an appearance in town in 374 years and many people turned out for a close-up look.
Ms. Beaudoin is also proud of the work her office has done in repairing old maps and having them catalogued and indexed, as well as making it easier for the public to access town records.
“The office has been completely computerized,” she said. “The land evidence records are on the World Wide Web now.”
While she’ll stop and smell the roses, Ms. Beaudoin has no plans to leave town. “I’m staying in Portsmouth; I absolutely love the town.”
The Town Council is expected to receive Ms. Beaudoin’s letter of resignation Monday night, at which time it will consider the appointment of a new town clerk to serve until the next general election.