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Joyce Endee

Lisbon town clerk passing torch after 45 years

February 15, 2012
LISBON — This time it's for real, and Lisbon will be sure to miss her. Though Charlotte Derosia has contemplated retirement before, the town's longtime clerk has decided to give up her post with 45 years of service under her belt.

Derosia said she decided to not file a declaration for candidacy earlier this month, and after March 13, she will be passing the torch of vehicle registrations, marriage certificates, tax bills and burn permits to whoever takes her place. Both Deputy Town Clerk Jennifer Trelfa and Janet Moriarty are vying for the office.

At 28 years old, she decided to run for an open seat and kicked off a career that would begin March 15, 1967, "on a typewriter," and span four and a half decades. While personnel, technology and even town itself has changed throughout the years, Derosia hung on, wearing many hats including marrying couples since 1967.

"I just always liked it," she said. "It changes all the time. But now it's getting to be too much."

Currently she also is the tax collector and the water and wastewater collector, in addition to being town clerk. However, prior to the dispatch services being taken over by Grafton County, Derosia also was the police and fire dispatcher for the town.

As for what Derosia will do after the 13th?

"I don't know," she said while laughing. "Go crazy, I guess. It's going to be a big change."

The Lisbon native — born, raised and a graduate of Lisbon High School — admitted that she will likely be stopping by the office to have lunch with her soon-to-be former co-workers. It would be too difficult to leave the office behind completely.

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