“In the meantime, I have spoken with Deputy County Manager Mike Mascarenas and Deputy Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Judy Garrison about their willingness to help us through this process if a final determination is not made by Jan. 1, 2013.”
Mr. Palmer also served as head of the County Information Technology Department.
“I will also call the staff at the IT Department to make sure we have no issues in this department during the transition,” Douglas said. “I will call a department-head meeting soon to meet with them to share concerns as we move through this process.”
Douglas said he regretted that there were such sharp differences of opinion between the board and Mr. Palmer.
“But the board has spoken, and we have to move forward.”
Douglas said a 26 percent tax increase was too high, despite the eventual budget stability Mr. Palmer said it would provide.
“People wouldn’t support it. I couldn’t support it. My people here (in Jay) went through hell after the (2011) floods. I have people paying taxes on homes they can’t live in. I owe it to them to keep taxes as low as possible.”
TIME TO GO
Mrs. Palmer has 38 years of service with Essex County. She started as a clerk in the County Attorney’s Office, moved to deputy clerk of the Board of Supervisors and finally clerk of the board when Peter Mends retired.
“It is time to retire,” she said Monday. “It’s time to move on. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m sure I’ll do something else.”
The Palmers reside in Minerva, where he was elected town justice in the 2011 elections.
Mr. Palmer said he can’t support the board’s decision to make major changes to the tentative 2013 budget he had filed.