TERESA WILLIAMS, Wakefield's Town Administrator, was honored at a surprise party on April 16 for her 25 years of service to the town. Presenting a commemorative plaque, mounted on a birch log with a Mr. Potato Head on one end and a "No" button on the other, was Selectman Chair Ken Paul. To the left are Phil Twombley, standing in for his wife Connie, who was ill that day, and Selectman Charlie Edwards. (Thomas Beeler photo) (click for larger version)
April 24, 2014WAKEFIELD — On Wednesday, April 16, the Wakefield Board of Selectmen threw a surprise party and luncheon to honor Town Administrator Teresa Williams for her 25 years of service to the town.
Before she became Town Administrator in 2010, Williams service as Wakefield's Town Clerk, being first elected in 1989.
The only current employee who has worked for the town longer is Road Agent Fred Clough, who has been a town employee for 31 years.
Selectman Chair Ken Paul presented Williams with a plaque mounted on a white birch log. The text reads: "Teresa Williams: Thank you for 25 years of dedicated service, 1989-2014." It is signed by the current Board of Selectmen, including Paul, Vice Chairman Charlie Edwards and Selectman Connie Twombley.
The plaque also lists the 13 prior selectmen who served during Williams' tenure: David Stevens, John Fisher, Robert Glidden, Earl Dodier, Chris Bancroft, Gordon Wiggin, Denise Roy-Palmer, Joe Kenney, Chris Desjardins, John Blackwood, Paul Morrill, Mark Duffy and Peter Kasprzyk.
Williams has lived in Wakefield most of her life. When she was a little girl her parents, Bob and Ann Glidden, moved into town from New Jersey and ran A&B Mini Market (now Seven Lakes Provisions). She went to Brewster Academy and earned an accounting degree from Hesser College in Manchester. She was doing bookkeeping at the family store when the town clerk position opened up and her father, who was then a selectman, urged her to run. Since winning her first election in 1989 she faced only two opponents in her years as town clerk.
Her husband Joe was present for the surprise party, as well as most department heads. A lunch catered by Tumbledown Café followed the plaque presentation and was enjoyed by all.