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Bailey hires town hall office consultant

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During a brief town board meeting Jan. 30, Bailey commissioners voted to bring on a part-time consultant to assist with the town’s administrative tasks.

Becky Smith, the former town clerk, was approved in a 3-to-1 vote. Commissioner Shelley Bullard cast the opposing vote.

“I really think we need somebody here to show people the ropes, and someone expressed interest in doing it,” Mayor Thomas Richards said at the top of the meeting.

Richards said Smith would come in on an interim basis and would work about 6-8 hours per week at $18 per hour.

“She has a wealth of knowledge,” said Commissioner Joel Killion.

After the meeting, Richards elaborated on Smith’s role, saying she would help facilitate the budgeting, payroll and billing for the town.

“Some of this stuff is above my pay grade,” Richards said. “She expressed interest in coming back and helping us out, and because our folks are a little green, I figured this was a win-win situation.”

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