Former selectman honored for loyalty, hard work

Jun 5, 2018

Former longterm selectman Naida Parker was honored by members of the current Board of Selectmen on June 4 for her long record of work for Rochester.

"Thank you very much for your hard work. Working for the town takes a lot of time and effort," said Board of Selectmen Chair Woody Hartley as he handed Parker a certificate of recognition.

Parker served as a selectman for 15 years. She was originally elected in 2000, but stepped down after two terms, when her husband passed away. She returned to the board in 2009. She chose not to run for re-election in 2018, joking that she didn't want to be known as "the old lady who needs to get out."

Parker currently remains Rochester's Town Clerk, a post she's held since 1984. She has said that she'll give up that post as well, when her term is up.

Selectman Paul Ciaburri noted that it was somewhat intimidating to be in Parker's shoes.

She laughed. "I'm sure you're doing much better than I could," she told him, "and thank you for doing it!"