Input sought on filling board and commission vacancies
The Board of Selectmen is seeking the public’s thoughts, comments questions or recommendations on the processes it has laid out to include voters who are not members of major political parties in the pool of candidates to fill vacancies on appointed boards and commissions.
“Over the last several months, the Board of Selectmen discussed appropriate procedures to ensure all residents have equal access to opportunities to serve their community,” said First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice in a memo dated Aug. 10, which may be viewed on the town website, wiltonct.org.
“To that end, the Board has documented the current procedures as follows and is seeking feedback from the community,” she said. The documents are also available online.
Vanderslice said earlier this year selectmen were looking for an avenue for people who are unaffiliated and want to stay unaffiliated, and yet serve on an appointed board.
“We had a number of unfilled positions, and at our Jan. 19 meeting, when we said [unaffiliated] people could come forward, we suddenly had a lot of people come forward,” she said at the March 21 selectmen’s meeting.
But going directly through the Board of Selectmen cuts out vetting processes the Republican Town Committee and Democratic Town Committee both conduct before recommending candidates for nomination. So the selectmen had to come up with their own procedures.
If unaffiliated, the individual can choose to either contact one of the town committees or petition by receiving 100 certified signatures in support of their appointment. Candidates must also submit an application, which includes addresses for the last 10 years, employment history for the last 10 or more years, post high school degrees and certifications, and Wilton town or community volunteer positions of the last 10 or more years. Volunteer positions outside of Wilton for the last 10 or more years are also considered.
Residents must attach a statement including why they are seeking the appointment, and stating what their qualifications are for that appointment.
Once applications are submitted, selectmen will notify the first selectman which candidate they wish to interview..