Town Clerk Q&A: Meet the Candidates

Written by Administrator
 | Friday, 07 March 2014 17:51

Jacqueline Oates Haskell 

Why are you seeking the position of Town Clerk?I am hoping to serve Duxbury with the love and respect that both of my parents have. My father, Richard Oates, was on the Board of Appeals before he passed away in 1982.  My mother, Nancy Oates, has served as Town Clerk for the past 31 years.  My mother has loved being Town Clerk and her decision to retire made me decide that this would be a good fit for me.  The varied tasks involved in the position along with the very structured side complements the skills I would bring to the position.

What relevant experiences will be most useful for this position?My extensive customer service experience I believe will be the most useful of my gifts.

What are your strengths and what can you improve upon?I have a great deal of experience in business management, including document management and compliances. I also currently speak in front of large groups daily, so I am fairly comfortable with public speaking.  Improvement of the Town Clerks office has to comply with what is allowed by the state, and supported by the town and its budget.

Why do you want to work for the Town of Duxbury?I would love to work for my hometown.  I worked on Duxbury Beach for years when I was in high school, though it was not technically a town job, I loved every minute of it.

What are your goals for the position of Town Clerk?My goals are to continue the great customer service that is now available and to modernize as allowed by the state and town.

Are you qualified and prepared to meet the demands of the position of Town Clerk? Why?I am a Katharine Gibbs graduate and have over 20 years of business management experience.  I am very aware of the demands of the clerk’s office and am prepared to excel.  I bring a great amount of energy to everything I do.

Is there something you would like to improve upon as Town Clerk? What would it be and why?I believe that the current clerk has the office up to speed on where it can be and still be compliant with the state.

What qualities make you stand out as a candidate?I am very customer–driven, and have a very friendly nature.

Why should you be elected as the next Town Clerk?I would continue to bring the very friendly, privacy oriented service to the people of Duxbury that they have come to expect from the Town Clerks office.