Recently, there were three candidates presented for positions on our town’s Fire Commission whose candidacies were rejected on possible conflict-of-interest grounds. To some extent the passage of time has mooted the issue as to these three candidates as others have been brought forward in their place. However, the broader point is that there are numerous other town board vacancies with candidates able and willing to fill them, but a bottleneck remains on the actual appointment front.
That’s unfortunate because our town has always prided itself on both the willingness of residents to volunteer for these unpaid board positions and the quality of the applicants who present themselves for appointment. It’s a shame not to be taking advantage of their insights and perspective.