North Hempstead Town Deputy Supervisor Aline Khatchadourian said Wednesday that she is resigning and that her last day will be Jan. 11.
Khatchadourian told town officials in the fall that she planned to resign but has spent recent weeks helping Jeanine Dillon, chief of staff for Supervisor Judi Bosworth, assume the responsibilities of deputy supervisor.
The news release did not give a reason for the resignation. Town officials said they have not decided whether a new deputy supervisor will be named.
Bosworth said she is disappointed that Khatchadourian is leaving, but “I understand and respect her decision.”
“Aline has been an integral part of my team since I became supervisor,” Bosworth said Wednesday in a statement. “She was among the first to embrace the spirit of bipartisan cooperation I insisted on.”
Khatchadourian, a certified public accountant, joined the North Hempstead Town administration in December 2013 as finance director. Before that, she was a finance director for the Nassau County Legislature. Bosworth appointed Khatchadourian to deputy supervisor in October 2014 and, in that role, Khatchadourian maintained her duties as finance director.
Bosworth credited Khatchadourian with helping the town create a long-term capital plan, pass balanced budgets and eventually earn the highest bond rating possible from Moody’s Investors Service.
In June 2017, Khatchadourian became a part-time employee, reducing her time on the job by 60 percent and lowering her pay from $151,875 a year to $91,125. Khatchadourian said she requested the reduction for personal reasons.
With Khatchadourian leaving, Bosworth said she is losing a trusted confidante and friend.
Bosworth first met Khatchadourian when she served on the Great Neck school board and Khatchadourian was a member of the Manhasset school board. The Great Neck schools superintendent at the time left the district to become the Manhasset superintendent.
Khatchadourian became deputy supervisor because she has a great ability to listen to concerns from top town officials, synthesize them and create a larger plan that makes everyone happy, Bosworth said.
Khatchadourian has some advice for her successor, if one is named.
“As long as you don’t have an agenda and you’re seeking to do the right thing, you’ll do fine,” she said. “Judi will always want to put residents first, so you just have to find a way to make it work.”