John Scarffe, Nederland. A crowded and loud room at the Nederland Community Center Multi-purpose Room celebrated the selection of Nederland Police Sergeant Larry Johns as the new Town marshal during a regular meeting of the Nederland Board of Trustees at 7 p.m., December 19, 2017. The Board also approved Nicole Cavalino as the new Town clerk.
Johns has been with the Nederland Police Department since 2002. He has twice served as interim marshal, currently and in 2013. He most recently served as sergeant and also has been a patrol officer and evidence custodian. He was recognized by the Nederland Fire Department in 2004 with the Life Saver Award.
The Board approved his appointment as Town marshal, and the crowd burst into spontaneous applause. The Board also approved Nicole Cavalino as the new Town clerk.
Mayor Kristopher Larsen said Town Clerk LauraJane Baur will be leaving the position on December 21. Town Administrator Karen Gerrity said the Town had an internal hiring committee and received 15 applications. It was very competitive, and they had excellent candidates.
The committee narrowed the candidates to three, and did background checks, references and an online tests, but agreed pretty quickly. Nicole has 10-plus years’ experience in non-profit management, project management, and most recently contract work with the Ventura County Transportation Authority in California.
Gerrity said that the committee liked her personality and approach to things. She’s a problem solver, collaborative and what the town needs.
Mayor Pro-Tem Charles Wood told Gerrity that she has replaced to of the Town’s most important positions in her first 100 days. At the end of the Board of Trustees meeting, John Thompson with Nederland’s Mountain Man Outdoor Supply placed a gift sack in front of Johns.
Johns opened it and pulled out a bottle of Pepto-Bismol.
(Originally published in the December 21, 2017 print edition of The Mountain-Ear.)