Selectmen to meet with lawyer about treasurer questionClosed-door meeting planned for Jan. 24
Union — Selectmen will meet behind closed doors with the town attorney to discuss the town's treasurer and issues surrounding the position in recent months.
Some town officials have argued for changing the treasurer position from elected to appointed, in part to make the treasurer accountable to town office leadership.
Residents voted to keep the treasurer's position an elected rather than an appointed role in the November election. It was reported in late November that 25-year Union Treasurer Linda McAllister was not attending work for medical reasons.
In an email Jan. 21, Town Manager Jay Feyler said the McAllister's lawyer has contacted the town's attorney.
Selectmen plan to meet with the town attorney behind closed doors Jan. 24. The meeting will start at 3 p.m.
"Since the treasurer is still getting paid and not performing her statutory duties, the board needs to make some decisions," Feyler wrote. "Those decisions, I assume, will be based on what her lawyer has to say. Currently we will run a significant deficit in the approved amount for this position as we have to pay two people to perform this job — the elected treasurer and someone who is actually doing the work. They may have to decide on a special town meeting to cover the overdraft that could be $15K or more."