Earlier this month, Dick Shea resigned his position on the Marlborough Board of Selectmen, as he and his wife, Carole will soon be moving out of State. I sincerely appreciate all the time and effort that Dick and Carole have invested in our Town and I truly wish them good health and every happiness as they begin their new adventure. There will be a Farewell party in honor of their service on November 9th – more information can be found in an article below.
When a vacancy on the Board of Selectmen occurs, the Connecticut General Statutes and our Town Charter give clear responsibility for appointing the seat to the remaining Selectmen. The only requirement for filling the vacancy is that the appointee must from the same political party as the Selectman who resigned, and that the appointment be made within 30 days of the vacancy.
The qualities the remaining Selectmen looked for when considering this appointment were to seek someone who had already shown a strong commitment to the Town. It was important to find someone who had strong convictions and opinions, yet would be willing to consider other points of view. The ideal candidate would be someone who could persuade other Selectmen to consider a new perspective, who would make a sound argument, and be willing to collaborate or compromise whenever possible. With a new 2-year State budget cycle about to begin, and due to the additional financial pressures we will surely face from the State, it was clear that the new Selectman would need to understand the budget process, and be ready to jump right into the fray, and willing to work towards making positive change for the town.
It is a pleasure to announce that Clifford Denniss has accepted the appointment to the Marlborough Board of Selectmen! Cliff brings with him 10 years of experience as a previous member of the Board of Finance, a good deal of wisdom and a great disposition! Thank you, Cliff, for stepping up once again to serve the residents of Marlborough!