SUNDERLAND - There are open local government positions to be filled in Sunderland.

Mark Hyde, chairman of the select board, said in an email the town is looking to fill a select board seat, a zoning administrator, a lister, an auditor and an emergency management director.

David Kiernan left his position on the select board July 23 to become the town administrator in Shaftsbury. The select board wants to appoint someone by their next meeting, Aug. 18. The appointee would hold that seat until Town Meeting in March.

"I think it is a great loss to the town that David Kiernan has stepped down," Hyde wrote in an email. "David has been a great asset to the town in a variety of roles, select board clerk, planning board member, emergency management director and zoning administrator...Someone like David with enthusiasm and interest in working in town government is surprisingly difficult to find these days."

As emergency management director, Hyde wrote Kiernan was integral to completing the town's hazard mitigation plan that was recently submitted to Federal Emergency Management Association. He was also very supportive of the town hall project. Sunderland is in the process of building a new town hall building.

The other open positions include three paid part time jobs. Zoning administrator would be three to five hours a week and would manage and perform activities like issuing permits and zoning enforcement. Currently, John Stuermer is the interim zoning administrator. The job of lister is part time as well.


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This position would help the two other listers assesses property for tax purposes. The final paid position is auditor. It is also part time and includes keeping track and adjusting the accounts of the town and town school district.

The emergency management director helps to prepare the town for such events like Tropical Storm Irene and knowing who to contact should the situation arise.

"It has been a struggle to fill many of the open positions in Sunderland," he wrote. "Many people currently in Sunderland's town government are in more than one role because the lack of participation."

Hyde wrote that anyone interested could contact the Sunderland town clerk or him directly, mhyde@sunderlandvt.org.