The town of Colchester has filled two major municipal positions this month.
Geoffrey Urbanik was named deputy town manager, and Julie Graeter was appointed town clerk and treasurer, press releases say.
Urbanik replaces deputy manager Aaron Frank, whom the selectboard appointed town manager in March following Dawn Francis’ departure. Graeter succeeds longtime clerk/treasurer Karen Richard, who retires on June 30.
Graeter has worked as Colchester’s assistant clerk/treasurer since 2004, primarily helping with town and state education tax billing and collections, a town press release said. She has also assisted with town elections.
She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and previously worked 20 years in the private sector in finance and commercial real estate.
A team including Frank and Richard, plus board of civil authority chairwoman Charlotte Gardener, town finance officer Michael Moffat and HR manager Sherry LaBarge chose Graeter for the role.
“Julie was strongly recommended by users of the clerk’s services and community volunteers,” Frank said in a news release. “She is the right person to continue providing the professional service of retiring clerk/treasurer Karen Richard.”
Urbanik comes to Colchester by way of Richmond, where he most recently served as town manager. His 20-year career in municipal government includes experience as deputy town manager, town administrator and town clerk. He holds a master’s in public administration, a news release says.
“Geoff has the education, practical experience and temperament needed for the position,” Frank said in the release.
“He has worked in large and small communities with the range of issues that arise in municipal government,” Frank said, “from dog licensing to databases to employee management, to working with volunteer boards and commissions to budgeting and capital project management.”
Planning and zoning director Sarah Hadd – a member of the team that selected Urbanik – said she was impressed with his hands-on experience. Frank, LaBarge and parks and recreation director Glen Cuttitta also served on the hiring committee.
Urbanik starts in Colchester on September 14. He lives in Richmond with his wife and son.
“Colchester is a great community that offers a wonderful quality of life with services and projects that need skilled management,” Urbanik said in a news release. “I am excited to be working with Aaron to address challenges and opportunities in service to the people of Colchester.”
Graeter lives in Colchester with her husband, Chris. Their three children attended Colchester High School.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to continue to serve the town of Colchester,” Graeter said.
She begins her duties July 1.