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Brattleboro Town Clerk plans to retire

Annette Cappy seeks to leave by year’s end

BRATTLEBORO—Longtime Town Clerk Annette Cappy has announced her retirement.

After more than two decades of service, Cappy will leave her post Dec. 31.

Selectboard Chair David Gartenstein thanked Cappy for her work at the board’s July 19 meeting.

According to Gartenstein, in her time, Cappy has issued thousands of marriage, birth, and death certificates and has overseen 41 Representative Town Meetings.

Cappy made history on July 1, 2000, when she issued the first civil union certificate in Vermont. She was named Town Clerk of the Year in 2012 by the Vermont Municipal Clerks’ and Treasurers’ Association.

In a 2012 article, Cappy told The Commons that for her, becoming a town clerk was kismet.

“It clicked for me,” she said.

Cappy decided to retire after the 2016 presidential election. She has told the town that she will help with the March 2017 local elections and Representative Town Meeting if the town has not yet hired a new town clerk.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #366 (Wednesday, July 20, 2016). This story appeared on page A1.

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