Carol Waller, a former mayor of the village of Cooperstown, has joined the Cooperstown office of U.S. Rep. Christopher Gibson, R-Kinderhook, as a constituent services representative.
“I think it’s going to be great,” said Waller, when asked about her new job. “I think he’s a great guy and I’m looking forward to it.”
Waller, a Republican, served as as a Cooperstown village trustee for eight years and Cooperstown’s mayor for another eight. She is married to Bill Waller, and owns Mohican Flowers, a flower shop in the village.
“I am honored to have Carol join our office, and know she will be an excellent addition to the constituent services team,” said Gibson, in a release to the media. “Carol’s local knowledge and community ties, as well as having the experience of being a small business owner, make her the ideal addition.”
Gibson is being trained by Ridge Harris, who has been the constituent services representative in the Cooperstown Office for the last year. The office serves Cooperstown and all of Otsego County.
“I really enjoyed it very much,” said Harris, on his time in Cooperstown.
Harris will be continuing his work as a constituent services representative in Gibson’s Kinderhook office.
Harris is a full time employee, and the Cooperstown office was open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. under his tenure. Waller’s position is part time, and she will be available in the office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and by appointment.
Waller will take over from Harris on Feb. 18. Harris said that he did not think that the reduction in hours at the office will affect services.
For her part, Waller said she doesn’t have an issue with seeing people outside of the office.
“I have no problem if people come to the flower shop,” said Waller.
She also cited being local, and having lived in Cooperstown for 43 years as assets.
“You send them in the right direction, you cut through the red tape,” said Waller, when asked for a description of her job, saying that people come to the office with questions about such topics as social security and veterans programs.
Gibson’s Cooperstown office is located at 25 Chestnut St.