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Morristown Town Council has begun search for code enforcement officer

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MORRISTOWN - Less than a year after hiring Code Enforcement Officer Valerie Harman the town is again searching for someone to fill the office.

Mrs. Harman resigned her position, effective Dec. 6, for personal reasons and moved back to Florida with her husband, Town Supervisor Frank L. Putman said.

Before working in Morristown Mrs. Harman served as a code enforcement officer for 10 years in Florida’s Putnam County.

“We were extremely pleased with her,” Mr. Putman said. “We want a clone.”

Mrs. Harman was making $27,000 per year at the outset of her time as code enforcement officer with a planned $3,000 increase after six months.

Mr. Putman said Mrs. Harman wouldn’t accept the additional money when the time came, instead saying that she was content with $27,000 a year.

Mrs. Harman was working 30 hours per week.

A familiar face will be stepping in to fill Mrs. Harman’s role until the town can find a full-time codes officer.

Oswegatchie Code Enforcement Officer Timothy C. Tuttle, who served as temporary codes officer in Morristown from November 2012 to January 2013 after Lanetta Kay Davis resigned, will be helping out again at a salary of roughly $2,500 per month.

Mr. Tuttle’s appointment was announced at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Mr. Putman said the town council hopes to have a replacement by the end of January, though they may keep Mr. Tuttle for several extra weeks to help train their new codes officer. So far the town has received 10 applications for the position, Mr. Putman said.

At the town’s year-end meeting, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. at the Town Hall, the council will determine which of the applicants will be called in for interviews.

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