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NO. R-245. JOINT RESOLUTION HONORING RUTH FINN ON HER RETIREMENT AS BARRE TOWN CLERK AND TREASURER.

(J.R.S. 88)

Offered by: Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Cummings of Washington County and Senator Spaulding of Washington County.

Whereas, a town's clerk and treasurer is entrusted with enormous responsibility for a municipality's administrative and financial well-being, and

Whereas, the competence of town clerks and treasurers is reflected in the quality of services provided to their citizens, and

Whereas, while Vermonters have elected many highly reputable and respected town clerks, a few stand in a class by themselves, and

Whereas, without question, Ruth Finn of Barre Town merits inclusion in this special category of extraordinary town clerks and treasurers, and

Whereas, since 1984, when the voters of Barre Town first elected this Randolph native as the municipality's leading administrative and financial official, they have experienced the highest caliber of local government service, and

Whereas, Ruth Finn ideally prepared to assume this important administrative position, having graduated in 1957 from Simmons College in Boston where her studies included courses in government, and subsequently familiarizing herself with the law by attending Portia Law School, and

Whereas, she enhanced her knowledge of legal matters by working as a paralegal in her father's and brother's law office, and

Whereas, Ruth Finn is the wife of attorney Richard M. Finn, and they are the proud parents of a son and a daughter who in 1976 served as a legislative page, and

Whereas, the International Institute of Municipal Clerks has certified her as a municipal clerk in recognition of her successfully completing the institute's training curriculum, and

Whereas, Ruth Finn mastered the intricacies of Barre Town's government and finances to such an extent that she was recognized as an encyclopedic expert on the town's public administration, and

Whereas, she has always exercised her official duties with the utmost care and professionalism, and

Whereas, Ruth Finn's colleagues in the Vermont Clerks and Treasurers Association, who hold her in the highest regard, elected her to serve as the association's president, and

Whereas, she was also elected president of the Vermont Government Officers' Association, and

Whereas, in recognition of her expertise on matters pertaining to the organization and preservation of municipal records, the governor appointed Ruth Finn to the Vermont Historical Records Board, and

Whereas, aside from her duties as Barre Town Clerk and Treasurer, Ruth Finn has led an active and fulfilling life, having served as a Vice President General of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and as an Incorporator of the Hillside School for Boys in Marlboro, Massachusetts, and

Whereas, after 16 years of exemplary municipal service as Barre Town Clerk and Treasurer, Ruth Finn has decided that she is ready for a change of pace, and has decided not to stand for reelection on Town Meeting Day, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to honor Ruth Finn for her 16 years of outstanding service as Barre Town Clerk and Treasurer, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Ruth Finn in Barre Town.