I am writing this letter to the residents of Groton to say thank you for the opportunity that was given to me to serve as a member of the Board of Selectmen, and to also give notice of my intention to not seek re-election in 2007.
My service to Groton began as a volunteer auxiliary police officer in 1972, followed by 30 years as a Groton police officer and retirement as a captain in 2002. I was encouraged by family, friends and neighbors to seek election to the Board of Selectmen in 2003 when the board was expanded from three to five members, and again in 2004 for a three-year term.
I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to the many friends and residents who gave me their support and trust that I would keep the interest of the town foremost in my heart when serving as selectman, and to that end I hope that I did not disappoint.
After 35 years of public service, I am very much looking forward to spending more time with my five grandsons, family and friends. Groton looks to have a busy year ahead with issues like 40B, the Blue Ribbon Committee, and of course budget management. There are many capable people in place, both professional and elected (and volunteers) to continue to steer the course. For those of you who have the interest of the town at heart, I strongly encourage you to step forward and offer your service, whether it is for election to public office or to volunteer for one of the many open committee positions. Speaking as one who has been there, I can truly say that there is no greater satisfaction.