Scituate Town officials will bring in new personnel for both Veteran Services and the Town Accountant offices after finalizing the two appointments last week.
During their meeting last Tuesday, Scituate selectman interviewed Donald Knapp for the position of Veteran Service Officer, a role that will combine with Hingham’s Veteran Service Agent to provide aid to veterans living in both communities.
Knapp, a Scituate resident and retired member of the U.S. Coast Guard for 20 years, said he hoped to mirror Hingham’s accomplished veterans’ program while in the role.
“It seems they have the mold to make this a very successful position. In light of what’s been going on in the last few years, I think there will be a strong need for this, and I want to work to help get Scituate up to speed …that’s what brought me to apply,” Knapp said.
Selectman Tony Vegnani reiterated previous complaints of town veterans during the meeting, saying that many servicemen and women weren’t taking advantage of the services available to them.
Knapp said communication would be his primary responsibility. Knapp added that he would be looking to bring technology into the office, enabling veterans to access applications and forms online from home.
Knapp has grown up in Scituate his whole life and was appointed to the position that night.
“You’re younger to be in this position, and you have [a lot of] enthusiasm,” Selectman Shawn Harris said. “I’ve known Donald for a long time, and I look forward to seeing him in Town Hall and hearing some responses [from the community.]
Selectmen also appointed Meg Lamay to the position of Town Accountant on Tuesday.
The Town Accountant is responsible for approving all bills and payroll of the town, processing payment of town bills, recording all cash received, and preparing monthly and yearly financial and state reports.
A Holy Cross graduate, Lamay said she had received her Master of Science and Taxation from Suffolk University. She has her CPA license and worked for a public accountant firm for five years before the Town of Hanson hired her as their Town Accountant.
“There’s a lot going on and the things that impress me the most…it’s a well-run town. The accountant is in charge of making sure things are correct, it’s reassuring,” Lamay said, who lives in Halifax.
Lamay assured selectmen that this was a role she expected to be in for the long term.
She was unanimously appointed to the decision and will begin in the role on March 1. Selectmen said they were already beginning budget season, and there was a lot of work to be done and catching up to do as soon as she starts.
“We’re very fortunate to find such a strong candidate in such a short period of time,” Vegnani said.