“She’s a team player,” said Bennett, praising Langlais’ résumé. Mills, swayed by his new colleagues, said he, too, would support Langlais, who was sworn in immediately by Town Clerk Joseph Collins, just as Mills had been 40 minutes earlier.
It did not take long last night for Mills, a retired Appeals Court judge, to have to make a hard decision when Bennett nominated Clark for chairman, with Trask saying it was his turn in the rotation. Mills, who said he has great affection and a long family history with both men, said he would not vote for Clark as chairman.
Clark said there is precedence for past chairmen serving consecutive terms, and he had passed on the chairmanship on two occasions. Trask said he wanted to be chairman because he had been in that post when the high school project started. Bennett’s motion for Clark failed with a 2-2 vote, with Trask and Mills voting no. On Mills’ motion to elect Trask as chairman, Bennett switched his vote. Both Trask and Clark shook hands, and the board proceeded to fill the vacancy with a 4-0 vote.
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