The first Town Council meeting of the year was full of energy for the new year. The meeting opened with the reelection of Councilwoman Debi Merz to another year as Council President and the reelection of Councilman Jay Dunham as the Vice President.

Councilman Jay Dunham swearing in as Council Vice President. (Photo: Kalen Luciano)

Among many other appointments, Kathleen Hammond was reappointed to the position of tax collector and sworn in. Attorney Lawrence Cohen was reappointed and recognized for his 37 years of service to the town.

Tax Collector Kathleen Hammond Signing into her next term. (Photo: Kalen Luciano)

Finally, Mayor Felter awarded Town Administrator James Leach with Citizen of the Year for 2017. Leach has been working for the town in many different capacities for over the last 50 years. He retired as the Chief of Police in 1999 and became the Town Administrator soon after. In addition to being active in recreational sports for his children and being an active member in his church, he has worked hard to put Jefferson in “the best financial shape we have ever been in” according to Felter.

Town Administrator James Leach accepting his Citizen of Year Award. (Photo: Kalen Luciano)