Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


July 12, 2012

Rigby not reappointed to Finance Committee

Greg Rigby, a Finance Committee member and financial planner known for his tough questions on financial issues, has been dropped from the committee in favor of a new appointment still to be made by Andover's town moderator.

Rigby said he respected Town Moderator Sheila Doherty's decision to appoint someone else in his place, though he wished he could stay.

"For the most part, there's not anybody on there who's a quantitative analyst, who can look at the numbers and look at the investments and look at how things work from a financial piont of view, to look at the intricities on how this affects the town in the long run," said Rigby.

Doherty said, "the talent that we have on the committee is exceptional," and said she strives to have a diverse group.

"Greg was appointed to fill a term [the resignation of Stephen Stapinski in 2010] that ended on June 30. It was an interim term that he was appointed to," said Doherty. "It was just a 'thank you very much for doing that.' There are several qualified candidates I'm looking at."

In an email to Rigby explaining her decision, Doherty said, "There are several equally or better qualified individuals that I have either approached or have approached me, and I am going to move in that direction." She said she has not made a decision yet, but expects to within the next month.

Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski declined to comment on Rigby's non-reappointment, saying the decision was Doherty's, as Finance Committee members "serve at her pleasure."

"He was a conservative voice that had a message and a point of view that was valuable," said Stapczynski.

Rigby believes his tendency to ask pointed, hard questions on financial issues is what led to the decision to not reappoint him. Rigby mentioned the well over $200 million in unfunded post-employment benefit and pension liabilities that he says the town is not addressing as much as it should be. Throughout the recent budget process, Rigby regularly called for the town to take a harder look at the liabilities before considering multi-million-dollar projects.

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