SOUTHINGTON — Robert Sherman, Republican registrar of voters and longtime town official, is resigning his position in September.
Sherman has worked nearly 50 years in the town’s election department.
“We are very thankful that the town management has recognized the importance of fair and orderly elections and has provided us with the means to make it happen,” Sherman said in his resignation letter to Town Clerk Kathy Larkin. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my 49 years of service in the Election Department.”
Sherman has also served as the chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners and as a Zoning Board of Appeals member.
Steven Kalkowski, Republican Town Committee chairman, said Sherman deserves credit for helping run reliable local elections. He cited the recount in the 30th House District last year as an example.
“Bob and the team really handled that exceptionally well. I felt really confident in the way the recount was handled,” Kalkowski said.
Sherman did not return a request for comment. His letter didn’t state his reason for stepping down.
Assistant Republican registrar Mike Early will replace Sherman.
“I give him a lot of credit for staying on as long as he did. He deserves his retirement, it’s well earned,” Kalkowski said.
Bob Berkmoes, Democratic Town Committee chairman, said registrars of both parties worked together well.
“I’ve always respected (Bob) and his position. I always thought he did a good job in the department,” Berkmoes said.
The two also served together on the fire board.
Nate Palmer will take over as assistant registrar. Kalkowski doesn’t feel the transition will disrupt November’s election.
“We have no concerns with that. Mike is certainly well equipped to take over the registrar’s office,” he said.
In his letter, Sherman said a host of improvements have been made to the election systems and were fully supported by the town. Sherman took over the role from Leslie Cotton, who he said left the department in “excellent shape.”