BENNINGTON – City clerk Cassandra Barbeau has said she’s fulfilling a long-standing goal of getting her real estate license, but that doesn’t mean she’s ready to quit her day job.
Barbeau completed the license conditions and became a sales associate with Hoisington Realty Inc. in Bennington.
According to a recent announcement from owner Kathleen Hoisington and senior broker Kelley McCarthy, “Real estate has been a long-standing passion and [Barbeau] looking forward to assisting buyers and sellers.
The clerk said this week that she is currently “getting her feet wet” in the business and expects to learn from others at Hoisington Realty.
For the foreseeable future, she plans to continue as a full-time city clerk, but will likely turn more to real estate “whenever it’s time to step back” from the city office.
Reelected for a four-year term in 2018, Barbeau was first appointed to this position in 2014, replacing the late Timothy Corcoran, who died while in office.
“I’ve always loved real estate,” she said this week. “It has always been interesting for me.
Barbeau said she had the opportunity to study and complete her work online in preparation for her license during the COVID-19 pandemic, which also closed the municipal office building for a time.
Getting her license now, which requires association with a real estate company, “is part of planning for my future,” Barbeau said, and real estate is not an area she could immediately enter without a license. if she left her clerical position or was defeated for re-election.
Before applying for her license, she said she consulted with the town’s lawyer to make sure there were no conflicts or legal obstacles arising from her role as clerk.
“Cassie has made it clear to me that she is putting the City Clerk’s office and the integrity of that office at the highest level,” CEO Stuart Hurd said in an email. “She has been a trusted and dedicated employee for many years. His knowledge of the office and its functions allows him to easily avoid conflicts that may arise.
The clerk “is not involved in any appraisals or reviews,” Hurd said. “She is a member of the Council of the Civil Authority and can sit in call for contributions, although her role is more administrative. If an appeal is lodged by a person for whom they acted as a real estate agent or by the firm with which they are affiliated, they will recuse themselves from this hearing and from this decision.
Hurd added that “the city generally leads [tax or similar] sales of real estate at public auction, not a real estate agent.
Initially, Barbeau said, “I don’t expect much to really happen – it’s so part-time,” but she hopes to learn more about the company over time.
Barbeau said she is now a member of the National Association of Realtors. The license is issued by the Office of Professional Regulations of the State of Vermont.
She had to pass both a national exam and a state-specific exam.
Barbeau, who grew up in Bennington, worked in the city clerk’s office for 27 years, starting at age 18.