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Edward Jacome appointed as Groton city clerk

Groton — Edward Jacome, a Representative Town Meeting member, was appointed as the next city clerk.

The mayor and City Council on Monday approved Jacome’s appointment, and he will be sworn in and start on May 16.

City of Groton Mayor Keith Hedrick recommended Jacome to fill the vacant position after former City Clerk Megan Peters resigned last month to pursue an opportunity in events and marketing, which was her pre-pandemic career. Peters, a Democrat, was elected in May 2021 to her first four-year term as city clerk after running unopposed. Jacome, also a Democrat, was appointed to serve the rest of her term, which ends in May 2025.

Hedrick said he had reached out to the City of Groton Democratic Committee for recommendations and interviewed three candidates.

Jacome, 26, who represents District 2 on the RTM, said he thinks he would be a good fit for the position based on his past experience. Hedrick also noted Jacome’s qualifications, including his experience as a legislative aide to the Connecticut General Assembly. He also has some experience in customer service.

At last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Jacome told the council about himself. He graduated from Norwich University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He said he always has had an interest in government, with interest in municipalities growing in the last year or two. Jacome ran for Groton Town Council but was not elected in the November 2021 election.

Jacome said he has been able to work at the General Assembly, including as a legislative aide, coordinating engagement with constituents and helping connect state agencies with organizations. Prior to that, he was an assistant clerk for the legislature's Veterans Affairs Committee, for which he worked on testimony, submission of tallies, minutes and summaries and also some transcription.

The City Council asked Jacome questions at last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

Deputy Mayor Gweneviere Depot said charter rules allow him to serve both on the RTM and as city clerk, and she asked if he saw any conflicts being in both positions.

Jacome said he sees no conflict, and if a conflict does arise, he would recuse himself. He said he checked with a town attorney, who he said cleared it.

k.drelich@theday.com

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