MILTON — After four years as Milton’s Assistant Town Clerk and 16 years as a Milton resident, Kristin Beers is stepping into the shoes of Town Clerk.
When former Town Clerk Sheryl Prince announced she wouldn’t be running for re-election, Beers saw an opportunity to step into a leadership role.
“I thought, ‘Well, this would be a good fit. I do want to stay working here, and it’s a logical next step,’” she said.
On Town Meeting Day, Beers ran unopposed for the position. She received 1,859 votes and there were 15 write-ins.
Beers, a native of Springfield, Vt., became the Assistant Town Clerk in 2017, a position she applied for after seeing an ad for it in the Milton Independent.
“I hadn't ever worked for a municipality before, but I had worked different administrative jobs,” she said. “Once here, I had to learn a lot about elections, municipal laws and different customer service skills.”
With almost two weeks of the new job under her belt, Beers spoke with the Independent over Zoom about the transition process, her office’s current digitization project and how she relaxes after a long day.
Q: What are some of the differences between the Assistant Town Clerk and Town Clerk positions?
A: There are a lot of differences for sure. As Assistant, I was responsible for some day to day tasks that happen every single day. I got into a routine: I did this in the morning, this in the afternoon, etc.
Now, when I hire my assistant, they will be doing those things, and I am going to be able to do more visioning and coordinating and overseeing. It's exciting. I can't wait. It's going to be a lot different.
Q: What are looking forward to envisioning and coordinating?
A: One of my main goals is just to maintain how well the office is going currently. I want to step in and just keep it going, as seamlessly as possible — that's my first goal.
Right now, partly because of COVID and partly because of the timing of contracts, we are changing our software provider. It will go live in early April.
It is a new land records software program, and we're going to make our records available online. This is new and different for Milton, and it’s a big project. I'm hoping that it will be a positive change and will go seamlessly.
Q: What do you expect to be challenging about this new position?
A: I feel lucky in that I don't know of anything currently that’s going to be challenging this year.
Last year, we had four elections — in March, June, August and November. This year, we've already had Town Meeting Day, and that's the only one scheduled.
It should be a relatively calm, transitional year that will allow me to get my feet under me. If things come up, I know I can rely on local clerks in other towns nearby. If I need to, I can call them and ask or send an email.
Q: How do you enjoy spending your time when you are not at work?
A: I have two young children, an 8-year-old and a 2-year old, and we like to spend a lot of time outside sledding and ice skating. I also really enjoy watching movies with them in the evening.