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Town Council Approves Hire of New Municipal Clerk

Officials hope Yancy Wazirmas will bring stability to the recently struggling clerk's office.

Just in time to prepare for the upcoming presidential election, Parsippany finally has a new person in charge of its troubled clerk's office.

At Tuesday's Township Council meeting, the body unanimously adopted a resolution appointing Yancy Wazirmas to fill the permanent spot, which has been vacant since  in February after a that .

Johnson's job was ended after her months-long absence from Town Hall. Lim said the clerk had been out on medical leave, and that sabbatical was preceded by difficult relations between the clerk and clerk's office employees that began almost the moment Johnson started work in Parsippany. 

The conflict led to separate employment-related lawsuits filed against the town by Johnson and by one former and three current office workers.

agreed to by the Town Council on Aug. 14. The clerk's employees' legal action is still in progress.

In the interim, the office has been managed by interim clerks Mary Cilurso and Carol Kehoe and by Lim.

In the absence of a permanent clerk, the and with basic functions such as supplying the with township meeting minutes in a timely fashion.

While it remains to be seen whether the new clerk will make the office more stable, Wazirmas does bring experience to the job, Lim told Patch. She served Prospect Park as municipal clerk since January 2006 and added the title of the borough's registrar of Vital Statistics a year later.  

Wazirmas won a three-year contract with an annual salary of $71,000 that includes yearly cost of living increases, which are given to all township white-collar employees, said Lim. If she is re-appointed at the end of the three years, Lim said Wazirmas will also receive a $5,000 bonus.

The new clerk will start her work in Parsippany "right after Labor Day," according to Lim.

Among the clerk's duties are: serving as secretary to the council; administering elections; handling and overseeing liquor licenses and licenses for pets, bingo games and raffles; maintaining the filing system of all ordinances and resolutions; keeping records for municipality; managing public-record requests and much more.

Par4theCourse August 22, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Can't even supply meeting minutes to the public library?? Sounds like there is an issue with incompetance and laziness on the part of the current employees, naturally of course, who are positioning themselves for a nice settlement.
clyde donovan August 23, 2012 at 01:19 PM
If she's white she'll probably get along OK. It seems like dark faces aren't appreciated in PTH township government.
Lee Mo August 23, 2012 at 05:39 PM
No actually the dark face started the trouble and she didn't care for the white faces. "Darker skinned" people are required to do their job and not harass their employees - it doesn't give them a free pass.
sodapopmix August 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM
lee mo sounds like she is one of the greedy girls in the clerk's office looking for the free handout. The woman who left the town may not be 100% right in doing so (she took the handout as well), but the lazy employees in that office are 100% wrong. They are not the wonderful people they believe themselves to be.

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