BYRON — Newly appointed Town Clerk Rosey Susbury told selectmen Tuesday evening that she can’t access programs in the town computer, including one for finances, because former Town Clerk Allison Freeman did not leave all of the passwords when she resigned last week.

“Right now, everything we have in the computer is locked to me,” Susbury said.

Selectmen asked her to contact Freeman, who was clerk, treasurer and tax collector for five years, to get the passwords.

Susbury also told the board she found a bill from the IRS for $600 in fines for late filing of payroll deductions.

The revelations are the latest since selectmen recently authorized an audit of town finances for the years 2014 to 2017. The board received the first invoice from RHR Smith & Co., the auditing company, totaling $12,000.

Last Thursday, Selectman James Ramey alluded to missing money in the ongoing audit.

On Tuesday, he said the town still needs to have an audit from Jan. 1 to the present because of the change in town clerks.

Since being appointed clerk, treasurer and tax collector, Susbury has chosen Tina Pellerin as deputy clerk. Board Chairwoman Linda Joyal said the pair is “doing a great job getting things back in order.”

Susbury said since her appointment last Thursday, she’s received appreciation from residents for “stepping up” and is “glad to be able to help.”

In other business, Susbury asked permission to create an additional checking account so payroll deductions can be done automatically each month.

Susbury said the payroll deductions to the Internal Revenue Service had been done quarterly, rather than monthly, and the town has paid high fines because of it.

Susbury said the automatic monthly deductions will save the town a lot of money.

The Board of Selectmen will meet again at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at the Town Office.

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Board of Selectmen Chairwoman Linda Joyal listens to a resident’s question at Tuesday evening’s board meeting. (Liz Marquis/Sun Journal)


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