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New Berlin town treasurer Diane Isabelle
BERLIN — Berlin has a new town treasurer — a woman who would have been eligible to run for the once-elected office if the responsibility for filling it hadn’t officially shifted from the local voters to the Select Board last year.
On Wednesday, the board named the town’s fourth treasurer in less than 18 months, when it unanimously agreed to offer the job to Berlin resident Diane Isabelle.
Isabelle, who lives on Berlin Heights, was interviewed earlier shortly before the meeting and was recommended for the job by a seven-member committee that included a mix of board members and residents.
Acting on the committee’s recommendation, the board agreed to hire Isabelle to fill the vacant treasurer’s position. She will be paid $23-an-hour to start for what is now being viewed as a full-time position.
Selectman Jeremy Hansen described Isabelle’s starting wage as “probationary” when welcoming her aboard on Wednesday night.
Hansen served as chairman of the hiring committee that screened roughly a dozen applications and conducted an initial round of interviews with four semi-finalists last week. Isabelle and one other candidate were asked back for second interviews Wednesday, though, Town Administrator Jeff Schulz said the other finalist withdrew prior to her scheduled interview.
According to Schulz, Isabelle will start work on Monday.
Isabelle, who spent the last year working in the office of the state Treasurer, said she was interested in a career change and enthusiastic about the opportunity to work for her community.
“I’m really excited about working for the town where I live,” she said.
A central Vermont native, Isabelle grew up in Barre Town, graduated from Spaulding High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Vermont College of Norwich University in 1996.
Before taking the job in the state Treasurer’s office a year ago, Isabelle spent 15 years working for Walker Motors in Montpelier.
Town officials say they are hoping Isabelle’s hiring will bring some stability and continuity to an office that has lacked both since the position became appointed in March 2012.
Veteran Town Treasurer Patti Lewis was initially appointed to the formerly elected office she had held for nine years. However, Lewis resigned last November, citing her inability to work the schedule the Select Board had in mind while juggling her duties as a local lawmaker.
Lewis was briefly replaced by replaced by Amy Kuzio and on Feb. 28, following a search similar to the one that has now concluded, the board hired Marcey Carver. However, Carver abruptly resigned her part-time post two months ago, prompting the board to re-advertise the position and conduct a second search.
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