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New clerk appointed in Canandaigua, as search begins for town manager

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The town of Canandaigua is experiencing significant changes in its administrative staff following recent elections.

Crystelyn Laske has been appointed as the interim town clerk and collector of taxes, taking over from Jean Chrisman, who was elected as Ontario County Clerk. The Town Board made this decision during their meeting on November 20.

Laske, who has served as the deputy clerk for eight months, will hold the position until December 31, 2024. An election in November 2024 will determine the town clerk for the final year of Chrisman’s term. Town Supervisor Jared Simpson expressed confidence in Laske’s capabilities, especially with tax season approaching and the need for a registrar of vital statistics for managing legal documents.

In addition to the town clerk’s office transition, the town is also seeking a new town manager and code enforcement officer. Town Manager Doug Finch is set to become the city manager of Duncanville, Texas, starting January 8, while Dale Zukaitis, the long-serving code enforcement officer, is leaving on December 31 to relocate to Victor.

Finch lauded Zukaitis for his diligence and expertise, which were crucial in overseeing the surge in residential construction in Canandaigua. During Zukaitis’s 16-year tenure, the town experienced substantial growth, with him inspecting an average of 8,000 buildings annually.

Reflecting on his time in Canandaigua, Finch expressed gratitude for the experiences and lessons learned, acknowledging the diverse strengths of the various town board members and supervisors he worked with.