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Braintree High Grad Promoted to Assistant Town Clerk

The current Principal Clerk, Debra Starr, has been appointed Assistant Town Clerk and is awaiting final approval by the Braintree Town Council.

Braintree native Debra Starr, who has been working in the Town Clerk's Office for a little less than one year, has been promoted to Assistant Town Clerk and is now awaiting a stamp of approval by the Town Council.

The Committee on Personnel Issues voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend Starr's appointment to the position, made by Town Clerk Joe Powers following an extensive interviewing process.

Starr was one of 30 Braintree candidates for the job, and 54 total. She is a Braintree High School graduate and has ample office setting and customer service experience, Powers said. Her full resume was not made available to the public.

"It's a great match," the clerk said of Starr's abilities, which includes knowledge important to the office, such as voter registration and other election-related tasks.

"I'm very eager to get her in that role and get this election done on Nov. 6," Powers said.

Starr has been working since December 2011 as the Principal Clerk. There is also a part-time registration clerk position in the office. The previous assistant clerk, Deborah Carlino, resigned in August after being "unable to perform the job for a period of time" for "various reasons," Powers said. He declined to provide further details, saying that he would have to check with human resources on what is public information.

"Debra Starr was able to step up and fill the void while we were short staffed," Powers said.

Both the Principal Clerk and registration clerk positions will be filled permanently after the November election, Powers added.

The appointment was delayed somewhat when the council declined to take same night action on its Town Charter-mandated approval role. Councilor Leland Dingee objected to acting without sending the issue to committee, arguing that it was not an emergency.

The full council meets next on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Powers recruited two other town clerks – from Easton and Norton – to assist him with culling the applicants, creating questions and a scoring template, and interviewing the top five. Human resources was consulted on all aspects of the search, Powers said.

"This is a thorough, comprehensive and extensive process," committee chair Sean Powers said, adding that he looks at Starr's Braintree connection as an asset rather than a liability.

"It's always good to see a Wamp get a promotion," he said.

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