Every June, some committee members terms expire. Most of those positions are appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Their reappointments or changes take place at public meetings with posted packets and often with public interviews. And when selectmen have debated not renewing longtime members, it usually comes with very public debate.
But some committee appointments are made by the Moderator. By nature, that doesn’t happen at a public meeting. So, when a change is announced, it comes as more of a surprise.
Last week, Moderator Paul Cimino announced three new appointments to the Advisory Committee. (That represents 1/3 of the 9 person committee.)
New blood means replacing of some old guard. One of them, Doriann Jasinski is taking a seat on the Personnel Board. As for the three members being replaced on the two boards, Cimino writes:
I also extend my sincere thanks to Karen Muggeridge and Sam Stivers (Advisory) and David Flynn (Personnel) for their many years of great service to our Town as they step down.
Here is more from the announcement:
As many of you know, the Moderator makes annual appointments to the Advisory Committee, the Personnel Board, and the Public Works Planning Board. As FY18 comes to a close I have given careful thought to these appointments for FY19, considering both the incumbents as well as new candidates. I take this responsibility seriously, and always appreciate the Town-minded spirit of those who volunteer to serve in these important roles (yes, volunteers don’t grow on trees, and those that do must be recognized and applauded!). In addition to that volunteer spirit in a candidate, I equally value skills related to the task of the board/committee, the ability to work collaboratively with other members in a productive way, as well as a diversity of background and perspectives.
For FY19, I have made the following appointments:
- Chelsea Malinowski
- Mina O’Hearn
- John Rooney
- Doriann Jasinski
. . . Finally, needless to say, I wish the very best to the above list of appointees for great success in their new roles.
For people who have questions or concerns, Cimino encourages them to contact him directly at at email@example.com. He promises that he monitors the box continually and is always happy to respond to residents’ questions.
Cimino is also responsible for appointing some of the members of the Public Works Planning Board. There is still a vacancy on that committee, and he is in the process of considering candidates.
Speaking of vacancies, there are more committees still in need of additional members. If you are interested in serving, check out the vacancies page on the Town website.