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May 10, 2013

Selectmen fill slot with FinCom member


On Tuesday, Mills and incumbent Selectman Dan Bennett won the two available seats, while Lucy lost in his bid for a fourth term.

Selectman Bill Clark, who failed to get enough votes to spend a second consecutive year as chairman, said he met with Lucy before last night’s meeting. While Clark said he had intended to nominate the loser of Tuesday’s election, Lucy “wasn’t interested, and I said I would not nominate him.”

It was not clear from the outset whether the board would fill the vacancy last night. Bennett said he came to the meeting with an open mind but was swayed when the board earlier in the evening deadlocked on picking a chairman.

“It is very important to have a fifth person to avoid a logjam,” said Bennett, who had originally nominated Clark to be chairman but switched his vote to Trask when he expressed interest in the job.

Clark, too, said he was prepared to make a pick. Mills said he felt uncomfortable based on three letters of interest. Only one of those interested in the position, Langlais, attended last night’s meeting.

Trask said the résumés of those seeking the nomination were all “well-respected names,” and he said he was compelled by Bennett’s reasoning that a fifth person was necessary to avoid tie votes. Bennett said if the board did not act tonight, it would not be able to appoint someone until June. The board then took a 10-minute recess to read the letters of interest.

When the board came back, Mills said he continued to have reservations.

“I’m not convinced people know we have an open space they can apply for,” Mills said. Bennett said the process was well-publicized, and it attracted three letters. Clark said that while he appreciated everyone who applied, he would throw his support behind Langlais, a self-employed tax accountant, who in the late 1970s and 1980s worked on constituent services for a state representative on Beacon Hill. The Merrimack College graduate is also a member of the Danvers High Design Construction Advisory Committee.

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