Old Per­li­can seek­ing new town clerk/man­ager

Long­time ad­min­is­tra­tive leader re­tir­ing next month


There are big changes com­ing at the ad­min­is­tra­tive level in the Town of Old Per­li­can.

Af­ter 31 years on the job, town clerk/man­ager Judi Barter is re­tir­ing on June 15.

“We’re very sorry to see her go. She’s put in a lot to the town,” Mayor Harry Strong stated last week.

The town has be­gun the process of hir­ing a new ad­min­is­tra­tive leader, and has en­gaged the ser­vices of a Mount Pearl con­sult­ing com­pany to lead the process.

The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions is Fri­day, May 4.

The firm will make a rec­om­men­da­tion to coun­cil, which will then have the final say on who gets the job, said Strong.

Strong stated that it will be dif­fi­cult say­ing good­bye to Barter, since she has played such a vi­tal role in over­see­ing the town’s ad­min­is­tra­tive af­fairs. Strong de­scribed Barter as “very ca­pa­ble and ef­fi­cient,” and said her knowl­edge of the Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Act and the de­vel­op­ment his­tory of the town has been im­mea­sur­able.

Barter de­clined an in­ter­view re­quest from The Com­pass, say­ing “it’s not my thing.”

Those who know her were not sur­prised, say­ing she shuns the spot­light at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.

“She’s not out for any glory,” said Strong. “She’s very hum­ble.”

Margie Hop­kins, who’s worked as an ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant with the town for eight years, said Barter is very gen­uine, fair and easy-go­ing, and “not one for ac­co­lades.”

Hop­kins added that Barter is “very con­cerned about the town and the wel­fare of its cit­i­zens, and is al­ways look­ing to do the best thing.”

Barter is orig­i­nally from St. John’s, and moved to Old Per­li­can in 1974 af­ter her hus­band, Eric, started teach­ing in the re­gion. Eric re­tired nearly a decade ago. They raised two sons in the town ( James lives in Mon­treal, while Mark re­sides in St. John’s).

She pre­vi­ously worked as a re­porter with The Tele­gram and served a brief stint with the provin-

“(She is) very con­cerned about the town and the wel­fare of its cit­i­zens, and is al­ways look­ing to do

the best thing.”

cial gov­ern­ment.

Barter is a grad­u­ate of Prince of Wales Col­le­giate in St. John’s, and has a de­gree from Me­mo­rial Univer­sity. She also has a certificate in mu­nic­i­pal ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Pros­per­ous town

Old Per­li­can is a town of roughy 660 res­i­dents, and is lo­cated at the tip of the Bay de Verde Penin­sula. It is a ser­vice cen­tre for the re­gion, and is home to the Dr. A. A. Wilkinson Me­mo­rial Health Cen­tre.

The fish­ery is a ma­jor em­ployer, and there are two pro­cess­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the town. The town is also a home port for many fish­ing en­ter­prises.

With an an­nual bud­get of roughly $1.5 mil­lion, it is of­ten de­scribed as one of the re­gion’s most pros­per­ous towns.


Com­pass file photo by Terry Roberts

Harry Strong is mayor of the Town of Old Per­li­can.

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