After 37 years of service, Republican Registrar of Voters Marion Burkard is set to retire.
Darren "Howie" Lawler has been selected by Branford Republican Town Committee to replace Burkard as Registrar of Voters upon her retirement June 30th.
Burkard has held the seat for 37 years.
She was described by Chair Ray Ingraham, RTM chairman, as "a most dedicated public servant. She covered elections and all the work leading up to them with a work ethic and professionalism that will be hard to match. She will be missed."
While she is retiring, Burkard will still be a guide to Lawlor as he learns the position, stating that she isn't going away and would help any of the registrars on staff as long as they needed her.
Lawlor stated that he "was eager to start" and would begin learning the position immediately.
There is a registrar selected for each political party. The Democratic Registrar is Dan Hally.