Town Of Carroll Aquatics Director Resigns, Swim Program Suspended

During a special meeting in the town of Carroll, the board accepted the resignation of Aquatics Director Sarah Moller after the swim program was suspended until further notice. Town Supervisor Laura Greenwood was made aware this month that Moller did not have the proper certification to become aquatics director when hired by a previous administration and put the program on hold. The board will now advertise the open position and offer free lessons in the next swim session in April to those affected by the recent cancellation. P-J photo by Jordan W. Patterson

The town of Carroll swim program has been suspended following the recent resignation of its director.

During a special meeting Monday, the board explained the recent developments and accepted the resignation of Aquatics Director Sarah Moller.

Laura Greenwood, town supervisor, recently became aware that Moller’s lifeguard certification had expired in November. Because there are other lifeguards on duty during the regular sessions and open swim, Moller would’ve still been eligible to remain on as director, according to Greenwood. However, the town supervisor later discovered that Moller’s Water Safety Instructor certification expired in January. Greenwood said the WSI certification is required by the Red Cross for an individual to hold a position like aquatics director.

On Feb. 16, the town announced that the swim sessions would be canceled until further notice. Greenwood said the board reached out to Moller and asked how long it would take to acquire the required certification. Moller was asked to attend the special meeting, but instead, the board received a letter from Moller on Monday explaining her position. Moller cited in her letter miscommunication and the lack of a job description as reasons for her not having the proper certifications.

“Unfortunately, I am no longer able to hold this position,” a segment of the letter from Moller read. “Receiving misinformation too many times, being notified last minute about important information, a new rule that disqualified me for aquatics director and the cancellation of swim lessons until further notice without my knowledge has cost me a positive reputation and has not allowed me to fulfill the duties of my position.”

The board interpreted the letter as a formal resignation letter and approved Moller’s resignation.

Greenwood said the WSI certification is not a new rule and couldn’t speak on behalf of the previous administration’s decision to hire Moller without proper certification.

“You have to have that certification,” she said. “It’s not new.”

Moller was hired to the director position last year when the board dismissed Anna Gifford from the same position after an in-house audit raised concerns over bookkeeping and missing funds. Gifford and the board disputed who was to blame for the mishandling and Gifford was later dismissed. Jack Jones Jr., former town supervisor, submitted an application for a state audit to the comptroller’s office to no avail.

The board said they will acquire an official job description and advertise the open position at a later date. The swim program will remain canceled until further notice. The board agreed that once a new aquatics director is hired, the town will offer another swim session later in the year with free lessons or refunds being granted to those who were affected by the recent developments.

Greenwood emphasized that recent incident was an attempt to hold employees of the town accountable following the events that took place late last year. The town took over the swim program over a decade ago from Frewsburg Central School, which involves several swim lessons for children at the school.

In other news, the board approved Greeman-Pedersen Incorporated as the contracting company to write the application for the Bridge New York grant program. The deadline to submit an application for the grant program ends March 15.