Ed Deyermond, who got his start in public service when he was appointed an East Hampton Town assessor in 1978, announced on Tuesday that he would be stepping down from his latest position, that of North Haven village clerk, on June 1.
Mayor Jeff Sander said village officials had read Mr. Deyermond’s retirement letter “with trepidation and sadness because Ed’s been a big part of North Haven for a long time.” The mayor said he was relieved that Mr. Deyermond had offered to provide his assistance until the village could find a permanent replacement.
“You cannot replace him,” said Trustee Dianne Skilbred. “He’s been such a wonder for this village.”
Mr. Deyermond, 65, said he did not want to make a big deal of his retirement. After thanking the board on Tuesday for the opportunity to serve the village, he said simply, “It’s time for me to step aside, but I’m willing to stick around and do whatever the village asks me to do” until it finds a permanent replacement. He said he and his wife Bethany would like to travel more and visit their children and other family and friends.
Mr. Deyermond said on Wednesday he got his start in local government when he was asked to fill an opening in the East Hampton Town Assessors office early in 1978. He was elected to the position that fall and remained in East Hampton until May 1990 when became sole assessor in Southampton Town. He remained in Southampton until early 2001 when he replaced Janice Hines as North Haven Village clerk. He returned to Southampton as assessor in 2006 after the town experienced problems with its effort to update its assessment and again returned to North Haven when Georgia Welch retired in 2015. In addition, he served several terms as Sag Harbor Village trustee and one and a half terms as mayor.