Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 19, 2012

Letter: Building inspector's career defined by her dedication


The Andover Townsman

---- — Editor, Townsman

With respect to the recent story of Kaija Gilmore's difficulty, let me hasten to say that "outrage" has become too common as the currency for public discourse. As I think of Kaija, I can say she always impressed me as bright, dedicated, and a bit brusk.

In fact, when I was on the Board of Selectmen, I was not in favor of hiring her, but did vote for her appointment when the town manager assured me he was asking her to attend training in people skills. Frankly, she blossomed. Though always direct (sometimes painfully), she helped Andover in many ways. Her good work saved us when the High School expansion was built. She was always logical and devoted to the best in any building enterprise.

As to the present episode, bear in mind it was after hours. She should not have gone to the site but did so when summoned. This was a sad error in judgment. Outrage does not summarize my feelings. Sadness does. Therefore, I rise to wish Kaija Gilmore well and to thank her for her work in Andover. I hope healing and recovery will occur, and her considerable gifts will come shinning through.

Dr. Larry Larsen

28 Andover St.

The writer was an Andover selectman from 1991 to 2000.