Potsdam Town Clerk will fill vacancy on Potsdam village board
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 3:00 pm

By CRAIG FREILICH

POTSDAM -- Cindy Goliber of Washington Street has been appointed to fill the seat on the village Board of Trustees recently vacated by Nicholas Sheehan.

Goliber is Town of Potsdam clerk, an elected position, but she has been assured there will be no conflict of interest or any other impediment to her taking on the new position while keeping her current position.

“I checked with the Association of Towns and they (the village) checked with NYSCOM (New York State Conference of Mayors) and we were told it will not affect my current work,” and that her work with the village will not affect her work as town clerk.

“I was very surprised and pleased when the mayor called me,” Goliber said. “I’m really excited. It will be a new adventure.”

Potsdam Mayor Rheinhold Tischler made the announcement of her appointment Thursday afternoon.

“Cindy has a wealth of knowledge from her many years of service to the residents of Potsdam as the Town Clerk,” he said in his announcement. “Cindy will be a great asset to our board.”

Goliber said she has lived in the village for 42 years, and has been in government service for the last 20 years.

“I have a broad scope of knowledge about government, budgets, and things government can do and what it can’t do,” she said. “I think I’ll bring a good perspective to the board.”

The seat she will take came open when Nicholas Sheehan submitted a letter of resignation Friday, Feb. 2, citing time constraints.

“There is only so much time in a day and I now have some larger priorities to focus on,” he wrote. One of those priorities is undoubtedly the new daughter Sheehan and his wife has at home.

“The feeling that I am selling the Village residents short by not putting in the time they deserve from a Trustee is what ultimately drove me to this decision,” Sheehan said.

Goliber will serve at least until the start of next year. There are two years left in Sheehan’s term, and the person to serve the final year of that term could be decided in the next election in November.

Goliber said she will decide later if she is going to run.