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Lake Placid board appoints new village clerk

September 19, 2017
By ANTONIO OLIVERO - Staff Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - This village's Board of Trustees appointed Anita Estling, currently the part-time administrative assistant to Mayor Craig Randall, to be its next village clerk.

Estling will begin her new role on Sept. 30. Clark announced her retirement from the position in a resignation letter submitted to the board in July. Her final day as clerk is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 29.

Estling has served as administrative assistant to Randall's office for a little more than two years and periodically has stepped in to keep the minutes at board meetings, including one at the village beach house earlier this month.

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Newly appointed Lake Placid village Clerk Anita Estling, right, poses for a photo with retiring Clerk Ellen Clark after Estling was formally appointed to the position at the village’s Board of Trustees meeting Monday evening.
(News photo — Antonio Olivero)

"Although the title is administrative assistant to the mayor, she provides a great deal of backup and support to the clerk's office," Randall said.

"In recent times," he added, "when Ellen has had to travel unexpectedly, [Anita has] filled the role in a really good manner."

Estling previously worked as an administrator at Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York, St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services during her eight years living in the area. Before that, the Brooklyn native - who has familial roots to Vermontville - worked as communications manager and administrative assistant to the editor-in-chief at PC Magazine.

Randall said the village received eight applications for the position and that most applicants were "highly qualified." He added that the full board conducted interviews, along with the board's administrative committee and himself independently.

In completing Clark's unexpired term, Estling is appointed for the next 18 months until the term expires in April 2019. She will make a starting salary of $48,000, to be increased to $52,000 after a probationary six-month period.

Clark served as village clerk since June 2013 and said she is retiring to spend more time with her aging father in California.

Her final meeting Monday was heartfelt for her, Randall and the other trustees in attendance.

"I'm going to miss you all," an emotional Clark said during her last time going over the agenda's "clerk Items."

"I do want to say that I am appreciative of working with all of you," she added.

"We've been well guided by your diligence," Randall responded.



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