Wilhelm named Town Clerk
Grattan honored for years of service
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Ms. Grattan had been Town Clerk since 1992 and a town employee since 1978. She resigned for undisclosed health reasons and was unable to attend last the meeting Wednesday's, the day her resignation took effect.
Ms. Wilhelm has been deputy town clerk for the past few years and has worked in the Town Clerk's office for several years.
Mr. Wooten, saying his vote was no reflection on Ms. Wilhelm, opposed the appointment because the position is an elected one that he said a deputy can fill in until the political process takes place.
Mr. Dunleavy said he can't see giving Ms. Wilhelm a $30,000 raise "when we're looking to pinch pennies."
"I enthusiastically support filling the position with Diane," said Councilwoman Barbara Blass.
Supervisor Phil Cardinale said Ms. Wilhelm's salary will be $4,824 less than Ms. Grattan's, and the town will not fill the vacant position in the clerk's office.
He said Ms. Wilhelm was recommended for the clerk post by Ms. Grattan, and that having someone from inside move up into the clerk position will stabilize the office.
Prior to last Wednesday's meeting, town employees from every department were present as the board presented Ms. Grattan's children, Joe and Lori, with a proclamation declaring "Barbara Grattan Day" in Riverhead. Her coworkers held a banner that read, "We Love You, Barbara."
Joe Grattan said people have been very generous, sending flowers, cards and letters to his mother.
"This does not go unnoticed," he said. "Especially by her. We'd like to send out thank-you notes to everyone, but it's a little impossible. But it means an awful lot to our family."
"I hope she gets the sense of how strongly everybody in this town feels about her," Mr. Cardinale said.
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