Marlborough city clerk stepping down

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By Vicki Greene, Contributing Writer

Marlborough City Clerk Lisa Thomas
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Marlborough – City Clerk Lisa Thomas formally announced at the City Council’s Jan. 28th meeting that she will be “resigning/retiring” effective Monday, March 18. Thomas said she is stepping down due to family health concerns and does so with a “heavy heart.”

When it came up on the meeting agenda, several councilors nodded in agreement as Councilor Michael Ossing said, “I’m not happy about it but best of luck.”

Thomas has been Marlborough’s city clerk since 2007.  In 2017, she was reappointed by the Council to a three-year term which was to end Feb. 28, 2020 but said she had to leave this year and put “family first.”  Prior to her position in Marlborough, Thomas spent 20 years in Worcester, starting in the Information Technology Department training municipal officials on software programs and then became the Worcester Assistant City Clerk in 2001 where she stayed until coming to Marlborough.

In addition to announcing her departure in Marlborough, Thomas had to notify her colleagues at the Massachusetts City Clerk’s Association where she has been serving as president.

“After 32 years in municipal service, I’m going to take my first summer off to spend with family,” Thomas said. “I would consider coming back to work for the city of Marlborough in the future, on a part-time basis, using my software expertise.”

Thomas said she will be working on putting annual budget numbers together as she does every February. She recognized the “tremendous efforts of her team” and expects a seamless transition. Assistant City Clerk Steven Kerrigan said he is “interested in the position” when the search process begins.  City Council President Edward Clancy said the Council will be putting together a search committee made up of “councilors and city office personnel.” He said there was no specific timeline yet.