By Lisa Capobianco
Southington recently welcomed its new town clerk, Kathy Larkin, as she was sworn in by former town clerk Leslie Cotton on Monday.
With 28 years of experience working in the Southington Town Clerk’s office, Larkin said she has enjoyed working for the town. Right after high school, Larkin had a part-time position in the clerk’s office, spending her time helping residents, filing records and typing, among other duties.
“This is where I grew up,” said Larkin, who was born and raised in Southington. “It is a great working environment.”
Larkin formerly worked at Bozzutos, Inc. in Cheshire for about five years prior to landing a full-time position in the town clerk’s office. She also attended Connecticut Town Clerk School, learning the ins and outs of town clerk duties before receiving her certification in 1999. While attending the New England Municipal Clerks Institute and Academy years later, Larkin polished her professionalism in her role in the town clerk’s office. Larkin moved her way up the ladder, becoming the Deputy Town Clerk in 2006.
Larkin said focusing on strong customer service has served as a priority for her role in town—a philosophy she learned from Cotton over the years.
“She has been a great mentor,” said Larkin, adding that being there for the public was the most important lesson she learned from working with Cotton. “She is well-respected, she is very innovative and brought the office up to high standards—that is what I would like to continue with.”
Cotton, who served 20 years as Southington Town Clerk, backed Larkin as her replacement after deciding not to seek reelection last year. Cotton said she feels confident that Larkin will continue her commitment to strong customer service as the new Town Clerk, adding that her replacement offers a solid background of the job.
“My number one priority is customer service. That is what we are about here,” said Cotton, who officially retired after swearing in Larkin. “Kathy does a terrific job. She is dependable and honest. She has a firm grasp on what we do here.”
Currently, Larkin has planned to continue educational classes and courses with the goal of receiving her certification of Master Municipal Clerk. When not in the office, Larkin enjoys reading, volunteering at events like the Apple Harvest Festival, and playing darts with family and friends.