The Finance Committee, arguably the second-most powerful committee in town behind the Board of Selectmen, has two vacancies that need to be filled.
Town Moderator Sheila Doherty, who is responsible for appointing the nine-member board, said six-year member Paul Fortier is leaving to spend more time with his family. Former committee member Mary O’Donoghue resigned in advance of her successful run for a seat on the Board of Selectmen.
“I have been speaking with a number of people and hope to make the appointments in the next few weeks,” Doherty said via email last week.
She said she was “sorry” to accept Fortier’s resignation, saying that he “served the town very well,” but “his family life is changing such that he and his wife will be doing more traveling.”
Fortier could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, two members have been reappointed: Greg Serrao and Linn Anderson, whose terms will run through June 30, 2017. They join Joanne Marden, John Barry, Margaret Kruse, Janie Moffitt and committee Chairman Jon Stumpf.
Stumpf said he hopes to have new members on board by the committee’s next meeting later this month so he can assign liaisons to various departments while also establishing subcommittees.
He said each member is responsible for becoming somewhat of an expert on the department or departments they are assigned to as liaisons so that they can report back to the full committee during budget talks to explain the reasoning behind spending requests.
Fortier, in fact, had been liaison to the Fire Department, which earned him a certificate of appreciation from Fire Chief Mike Mansfield at the committee’s last meeting.
“Each department has unique items, so it’s good to have one person who is the liaison,” Stumpf said.
The School Department actually requires two people because the budget is so big, he said.