Former Shaftsbury town administrator to serve as North Bennington auditor

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NORTH BENNINGTON — The Trustees of the Village of North Bennington have named a former Shaftsbury and Winhall town administrator as their second auditor. They are still seeking someone to fill the third auditor position.

Dennis McCarthy was chairman of the Shaftsbury select board for 11 years, before spending five years as the town's first town administrator. He became Winhall's town administrator in 2003, and stayed there until he retired in 2013. When Shaftsbury town administrator Margy Becker resigned from the position in 2014, the select board asked McCarthy to fill in until a replacement could be found, but it ended up not being necessary.

McCarthy grew up in North Bennington, and attended the College of St. Joseph in Bennington, the predecessor to Southern Vermont College. He also spent two tours of duty in Vietnam as a member of the Navy, and operated a plumbing business in the area for many years. He currently serves as the vice-chairman of the Shaftsbury Veterans Committee. Upon his retirement from the Winhall position, the Vermont House of Representatives signed a resolution honoring him for his public service career.

Trustee Janice Lerrigo said that she approached McCarthy, a new neighbor, asking if he would be interested in filling the position. "He really has deep roots in the community," she said.

Lerrigo also gave an update on the village charter, revisions to which were rejected by the state after the vote at which the changes were approved was not properly warned. After the board of trustees re-approved the changes in accordance with the law, the charter now goes back to the state for approval. Lerrigo said she spoke with Bennington representative Tim Corcoran Jr., who, in her words, was pretty certain that it would be smooth sailing through the House. "The warning was the one issue, and we have taken care of that," she said. The revisions will then go before the Senate, where it will start as a new bill in that chamber. Lerrigo said she was planning on speaking to one of Bennington's representatives in the senate Dick Sears or Brian Campion, but said she was unsure if either would be on the committee that will look at the bill, as Corcoran was. Last year, Corcoran co-sponsored the bill in the house, along with Rae Fields of Bennington.

The North Bennington Village Trustees meet the first Tuesday after the first Wednesday of every month at the train station on Depot Street. Full recordings of their meetings are available on Catamount Access Television, and on the station's YouTube page.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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