First selectman's aide sails off into retirement
Litchfield First Selectman Leo Paul Jr. pays a tribute to his administrative assistant, Roxanne Carroll, during a retirement lunch for Carroll on Tuesday. Below, Carroll shares a laugh with first selectman's secretary Ann Combs. BZ photos
Longtime first selectman administrative assistant Roxanne Carroll completed her service to the town on Friday.
Carroll is retiring after 18 years of keeping first selectmen in line. She worked with Craig Miner, Jerry Zinn and Leo Paul Jr. A farewell lunch was held for Carroll, 64, on Tuesday at Town Hall.
"From a personal standpoint, you’ve been my right-hand gal, you’ve kept me out of trouble, and you’ve done a phenomenal job for the community,” Paul said of Carroll. “The next person in your job is going to have big shoes to fill.”
Carroll's responsibilities included human resources, workers compensation, insurance and pension administration, as well as administration for social services. The job, Carroll said, was made easier by the cooperation of town employees.
“Thank you for helping me when I asked,” she said to her colleagues. “If not for you, I couldn’t have done the job.”
The salary for the administrative assistant's job has been $60,400, but Paul said he expects to fill the position at a lower pay rate. The new person will also be on a defined pension contribution plan that will yield savings for the town.
Below, Roxanne Carroll expresses appreciation for her fellow town workers while her mother, Barbara Goff, and the legendary Roger (Dodgie) Doyle look on.