“It’s a huge time commitment,” she said. “I’ve tried very hard to make it work.”
She spoke with fellow selectmen and they all told her they understood the reasoning for her decision.
“They said they thought I did the job with integrity,” Lyman said.
Lyman was first elected to the board 12 years ago, when her youngest son was in kindergarten. Now, he’s 17 and graduating from high school. Her other two sons are 23 and 20 years old.
“When I started, I didn’t have a job, then I went part-time and now I’m full-time,” she said.
For the past year, she has been working in fundraising at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center. Before that, she worked at Family Services in Lawrence.
“It’s definitely going to be sad,” she said. “But I’ll be happy to be getting my nights back.”
Selectmen are assigned various areas within the town to focus on as members of the board, and Lyman said her favorite assignment was her role with the Commission on Disabilities.
“They are amazing to work with,” she said. But recently, she hasn’t made it to many of the commission’s meetings due to work or other conflicts.
“I felt like I was missing important things,” she said.
Prior to her work with the Commission on Disabilities, she said she was the board’s liaison to the Council on Aging.
“That brings new meaning to what the town does,” she said. “You are improving people’s lives. It’s the human side to the work.”
Before serving on the Board of Selectmen, Lyman spent one term on the School Committee, from 1992 to 1995. She then took a break from elected politics.
In October 2001, she was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board of Selectmen and then was subsequently elected to the seat the following spring.