LEE -- Town officials expect the consolidation of two municipal positions will improve the financially efficiency of town government.
In mid-March, Treasurer Donna Toomey will also become the town collector, replacing Janice Smith, retiring after 36 years on the job.
In addition, the assistant treasurer, Karen Fink will add assistant town collector to her duties while the town looks to hire a clerk to work with both women.
While Smith's last day at Lee Memorial Town Hall is today, the restructuring officially takes effect March 16, according to local officials. During the transition, Toomey, the current assistant collector, will technically assume Smith's duties before they become part of her permanent job description.
The Lee Board of Selectmen support the treasurer-collector combination, as many other towns are going that route.
"These two positions together make sense, since both deal with the finances of the town," said Selectman Patricia Carlino.
Toomey expects to focus on depositing money coming into town coffers and issuing financial reports to town officials and the state, among other duties. Fink will primarily deal with townspeople who pay in person their property taxes, water and sewer bills and other fees.
"There will continue to be a checks and balance to make sure everything is going well," Toomey said.
Town Administrator Robert Nason added the consolidation could result in some shuffling of personnel within the town hall, likely the treasurer/collector having her own office. Currently, Toomey and Fink operate out of the town clerk's office.
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