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Pound Ridge Town Clerk Ready for Four More Years

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Joanne Pace loves her job, which is fortunate because she’s going to be doing it for another four years.

Pace, the Pound Ridge town clerk, has completed two four-year terms and because she is running unopposed in next Tuesday’s election, she’s about to embark on a third. "It’s been a pleasure to serve for the past eight years,” Pace said. “I try to perform my duties in a professional manner and I’m receptive to new ideas.”

Pace has been a Pound Ridge resident for 27 years. She and her husband, Ron, have three grown children – a daughter and two sons. She worked for her husband’s business for 20 years before starting her career as a town employee.

“I started working for the town in 1996 as a payroll clerk,” said Pace, who running on the Republican and Independence party lines. “That experience made me capable of serving the town constituents.”

She said the payroll clerk position helped her developed the managerial skills that prepared her for the town clerk job. “It helped me deal effectively and pleasantly with people,” she said. “That’s your main job [as town clerk] – to service the people.”

Pace said some of the town clerk’s main responsibilities  include keeping official records and the registrar of vital statistics. The clerk also issues licenses – from dog to marriage licenses – as well as fishing, hunting and peddler permits. She is also the filing officer for local laws.

What may surprise people is that Pace can also perform marriage ceremonies. She says its one the best parts of the job. “I’ve been appointed as marriage officer,” she said. “I’ve done about 30 marriages. The rule is the ceremony has to take place in Pound Ridge. I’ve done them here at the Town House, in people’s homes and at local restaurants.”

Pace said she is often invited to the wedding reception, but has yet to attend one. “I wouldn’t really know anybody there,” she said. But with four more years as town clerk in her future, maybe that will change.

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