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ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2007-2008

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NO. R-227.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Gordon DeLong on the completion of his exemplary career as Pittsford town clerk-treasurer.

(H.C.R.159)

Offered by:  Representatives Flory of Pittsford and Acinapura of Brandon

Offered by:  Senators Carris, Maynard and Mullin

Whereas, the town of Pittsford’s municipal administration has been under the watchful eyes of town clerk-treasurer (and school district clerk) Gordon (Gordie) DeLong since the 1960s, and

Whereas, his careful attention to detail, friendly personality, and impeccable ethics have convinced the Pittsford electorate to retain this unpretentious Vermonter as its town clerk for over four decades, and

Whereas, Gordie DeLong had viewed public service as his preferred employment following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1963, and

Whereas, while investigating possible federal civil service opportunities, he agreed to utilize his considerable administrative skills in the Pittsford town clerk’s office on a temporary basis, and

Whereas, within months of beginning this supposedly short detour in his intended career path, the Pittsford town clerk died, and the selectboard requested Gordie DeLong to remain as the new acting town clerk until town meeting day 1964,  and

Whereas, working on the assumption that this would be a brief extension of his sojourn into the intricacies of Vermont municipal government, Gordie DeLong consented without realizing that he had effectively signed an employment contract, subject to periodic electoral retention votes, of over 40 years duration, and

Whereas, his tenure though much of the second half of the 20th century, and more than half of the 21st century’s first decade, has been a time of transformation both demographically and administratively for the town of Pittsford, and

Whereas, Gordie witnessed the population of Pittsford increase from approximately 2,000 to 3,200 as the community became more of a bedroom suburb of Rutland and far less agricultural, and

Whereas, his leadership was instrumental in the construction of a new municipal office building, and the town’s more complicated operations led to the selectboard’s expansion from thee to five members, and

Whereas, although Gordie DeLong has now retired, and looks forward to spending more time with his family and hobbies, the Pittsford selectboard is delighted that he will remain available, especially at town meeting time, to lend a welcome and experienced helping hand, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Gordon DeLong on the completion of his exemplary career as Pittsford town clerk-treasurer, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Gordon DeLong in Pittsford and to the Pittsford selectboard.



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