Tax Collector Elect Heather Smeriglio was sworn in on Thursday at Town Hall in a brief ceremony attended by friends and colleagues in Parking Services where Smeriglio currently works.
Smeriglio, a Republican, defeated Democratic incumbent Howard Richman in the Nov 5 municipal election. She will begin her term in January 2020.
She previously worked in the Tax Collector’s office under Tod Laudonia for four years beginning in 2013, but when the department’s budget was cut, her time in that office came to an end and she was moved to the Parking Services Department.
“I want to thank hour Lord for giving me this opportunity to serve my town. I love my home town. I’m going to put my best foot forward each and everyday,” she promised. “I thank my co-workers in Parking Services for all their support, encouragement and love along this journey.”
Prior to joining the tax collector’s office, she worked in banking for 33 years, working her way up from teller to VP/branch manager, working at many different banks around town.