Gayle Patterson, who has served for two years on the Cattaraugus Village Board, resigned from that post last month to take on a different responsibility. She is the newly appointed part-time deputy clerk for the village of Cattaraugus and the town of New Albion, and assumed her new responsibilities the week before Thanksgiving.
The position of deputy clerk has been empty since July, when former Deputy Rose LaQuay was promoted into the clerk's job. After being temporarily appointed by the Town Council of New Albion, Mrs. LaQuay successfully ran for the position in the recent November election. She was also named to the Cattaraugus Village Clerk's position in July, and will continue in that role at the board's discretion, as, in village government, the clerk is not an elected post.
Since her appointment, Mrs. LaQuay has been working without the services of a deputy. Recently, she raised the subject to both municipalities of locating someone suitable for the job. The office of deputy clerk is an appointed one in both the village and the town, and when Mrs. Patterson applied for the job, both municipalities quickly approved her hiring. For the time being at least, she will serve on a part-time basis.
Gayle Patterson, new village of Cattaraugus and Town of New Albion town clerk, also manages SWAN, the Senior Wellness and Nutrition, center on South Street, where this photo was snapped. There, her cheerful demeanor brightens mealtimes for many local seniors.
Mrs. Patterson said she believed that her years on the village board should provide her with a good basic understanding of the type of documents and procedures with which she will be dealing.