Newly elected Selectman Michael Kaelin was unanimously appointed second selectman by his fellow board members at the Board of Selectmen meeting on Dec. 7.
Wilton’s second selectman is “the highest vote-getter in the election,” Vanderslice said. “That’s the tradition.”
Kaelin, a Republican, ended the Nov. 3 election with 2,779 votes, 702 more than the unaffiliated David Clune, who also won a seat on the Board of Selectmen.
The losing candidates, Brian Lilly and Gilmore Bray, both Democrats, earned 1,307 and 1,177 votes, respectively.
Though newly elected, Kaelin has served on the Board of Selectmen since November 2014, when he was appointed to replace a former second selectman, Hal Clark, who had moved out of Wilton and stepped down from the board.
At the selectmen’s Dec. 7 meeting, Vanderslice motioned for Kaelin’s appointment, was seconded by Clune, and the resolution passed all-in-favor.