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After nearly three decades of service to the Town of Guilford, Janice Teft has retired from her position as town clerk. The Town Hall veteran officially left her seat at the beginning of the year.
Appointed by then-first selectman Frank Larkins, the Guilford native said what she will miss most about working at the Town Hall is seeing the people come in and out of her office each day.
"There are a lot of memories and a lot of stories. The best thing was seeing the inner workings of what went on in the town and seeing and dealing with all the people in Guilford. It was nice, too, working in the town I lived in, and was actually born in," Teft said. "The office does a lot-we do elections, primaries, referendums?We do it all. It's a very busy place and the people coming in, the questions asked were always very fascinating, and you end up having a very close relationship with the selectmen and all the other department heads."
Teft is planning to keep plenty busy during her retirement. She currently serves on the Dudley Farm Foundation, the Dorothy Whitfield Historical Society, and Faulkner's Light Brigade.
With spring approaching, she is especially looking forward to gardening season and getting outdoors.
"My plans now are to enjoy life and do the things that I never had time to do," she said. "So far I'm enjoying every bit of it."
Filling Teft's spot is Anna Dwyer, who Teft said is more than capable to resume her position.
"There's a good crew in the Town Clerk's office now," Teft said.
First Selectman Joseph Mazza thanked Teft for her years of outstanding service to Guilford.
"Jan served the town of Guilford very well and we wish her a healthy and happy retirement," Mazza stated. "We all really appreciate all the time she served as town clerk."