ROWLEY — Selectmen Monday night accepted with deepest regret the resignation of Jacqueline Vigeant, the town's collector/treasurer, who has worked in that department since 1987. Her resignation was the result of her desire to retire.

The selectmen unanimously voted to name Vigeant acting town collector/treasurer on a part-time basis, which will be two days a week in the office, until the May 8 election. At that time, residents will elect a new town collector/treasurer.

"It was very hard to make this decision to retire because it meant leaving an elected position," said Vigeant. "But I am confident that we can continue to move forward until May and finish the projects I have been involved with, such as the $9 million water treatment plant. I would really like to see that project to its fruition."

Vigeant, who has been a Rowley resident for 30 years, began with the town as assistant collector/treasurer, won the election for the collector/treasurer position in 1991 and has won every election since. At last year's Town Meeting, residents approved a question making the collector's position an appointed instead of an elected position, but the question failed at the town election, keeping the position as an elected post.

"You have done a magnificent job for the town and we greatly appreciate your diligence in this very important town position," said selectmen Chairman Bob Snow. Added Vice Chairman Bob Merry, "It has been a long haul and I can attest to your fairness through the years in this town office. We will certainly miss you."

Vigeant announced that with the recent departure of the assistant collector/treasurer Laura Hamilton, Karen Summit has been named to that position, effective Monday. Summit has been the administrative assistant in that office for the last two years.

"With Karen having worked for me for two years, I can say with full confidence that she can take care of the day-to-day business in the collector's office," said Vigeant. "And of course, I will always be available by phone."

During these transitions, the hours of the collector's office will remain unchanged. The hours are Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

"I would like to thank the citizens of Rowley who elected me to this position and were always so friendly and helpful through the years," said Vigeant. "I consider myself blessed to have been in this position for 25 years."

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