Updated 10:50 a.m. Aug. 16
By ANDY GARDNER
MASSENA — The village board on Tuesday passed a resolution eliminating the residency requirement for the village treasurer and deputy village treasurer positions.
It passed 3-1, with Trustee Tim Ahlfeld dissenting and trustees Matt Lebire, Frank Carvel and Albert Deshaies voting yes.
Under the new rule, they can appoint people to those two positions who live in St. Lawrence County. Which they did, voting 4-0 to name Kevin Felt as temporary deputy village treasurer effective Sept. 11 for $37.84 per hour. He is a former county treasurer.
The board is trying to hire a replacement for Treasurer Julie Sharlow, who will soon retire.
Mayor Tim Currier said they started taking resumés back in May, but none of the candidates were appealing.
“We did not get anyone we were interested in at that time,” he said.
Currier noted that in 2011, the board voted to remove residency requirements for employees, but it didn’t include appointed officers.
“They chose at that time, either as oversight or intentional, to not include public officers, which includes the clerk and treasurer,” he said.
On Thursday morning, Currier released an emailed statement on the board's decision to hire Felt. It reads:
"It was our hope that we would find a replacement for Miss Sharlow that had municipal experience. This candidate certainly does. Along with his private sector experience, he served in the private sector and in St. Lawrence County government for nearly 8 years - as an accounting supervisor, the Deputy Treasurer and for 5 years as the County Treasurer. “He brings relevant experience and a strong understanding of the job duties and responsibilities.
We are very fortunate that Mr. Felt wanted to return to the North Country and we are looking forward to him hitting the ground running as a trains and transitions with our current Treasurer. He will have big shoes to fill.
Note: Since January of 2016 Mr. Felt has served as Assistant Finance Director in Horry County, South Carolina. Prior to that he served as St. Lawrence Country Treasurer from 2011-2016."