Fall Election 2018: Paris clerk/treasurer referendum results

Early results in the Paris clerk/treasurer referendum show residents favor moving forward with making the position appointed rather than elected.

At 8:11 p.m., with one of one poll reporting what may be incomplete results: Yes 497 (61%) to No 322 (39%).

Town Board members initiated the process of converting the position to appointed status this summer.

In October, Clerk/Treasurer Beverly McCumber resigned. The board appointed Diana Coughlin, who had been deputy clerk, to the clerk/treasurer position. Coughlin is a Paris resident.

The board said a key reason for pursuing the change was that an appointed clerk would not have to live in Paris, thus greatly expanding the pool of potential appointees.

UPDATE 10:11 p.m. — The above appear to be final unofficial results.

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