GROTON — In a surprise announcement Monday night, Fran Dillon announced his decision not to seek a fourth three-year term as selectman.
With the town clerk’s notice that he would begin accepting nomination papers for open seats on various town boards and committees, Dillon said he had begun to receive inquiries about whether he would be seeking re-election.
“It’s time for me to move on,” said Dillon at the Feb. 6 meeting of selectmen.
Noting that his last year in office had been a challenging one, Dillon said he has decided nevertheless to step down from office.
A business executive before his retirement, Dillon’s time as a selectman was marked by a number of milestones including continued work to build up Station Avenue, search for a new location for the Center Fire Station, creation of an affordable housing plan, switch in town government from an administrator to town manager and passage of a new Charter, plans for the rehabilitation of former elementary school buildings Prescott and Tarbell, work on the town’s Master Plan, and helping to steer the town through an era of difficult budgetary challenges.
Thus, Dillon’s departure will deprive the Board of Selectmen of his long experience even as the empty seat he leaves behind will guarantee a new face on the town’s top decision-making group.
Town Election is scheduled for May 22.