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Margaret Puccia named deputy Watertown city clerk

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WATERTOWN — The city clerk’s office has a new face, with the hiring of a new deputy city clerk.

Margaret M. Puccia, 50, of Watertown, started her new position on Tuesday. She will be paid an annual salary of $35,000.

Ms. Puccia, a 1984 graduate of Cazenovia College with an associate’s degree in education and business, most recently was an administrative assistant at Jreck Sub’s corporate office in Watertown.

She was appointed from 43 people who applied for the deputy clerk position. Eight candidates were interviewed.

She will replace retiring deputy clerk Elyse A. Frezzo, who leaves after serving in that capacity for the past 13 years and as a City Hall employee for more than 20 years. Her last day is April 29.

Ms. Puccia said she always wanted to work for the city, so she applied for the job.

“I thought this would be a new chapter in my life,” she said.

The deputy clerk is responsible for filing and issuing birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, business licenses and dog licenses; performing wedding ceremonies, and providing administrative support to the Watertown City Council.

On Wednesday, Ms. Puccia said she was getting acquainted with her new responsibilities.

City Clerk Ann M. Saunders said Ms. Puccia had the needed qualifications and would work well with the public.

“I thought she’d be a perfect fit,” she said.

At Jreck, Ms. Puccia handled customer complaints and worked with franchisees.

She was introduced on Monday night to the City Council. Council members unanimously confirmed her salary that night.

Saying that she is a personal friend, Councilwoman Roxanne M. Burns congratulated Ms. Puccia for joining the City Hall staff.

“I’m very glad you’re coming on board,” she said.

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