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TOWNSEND — Sue Lisio has started the process of seeking a return to the Board of Selectmen.

Lisio has pulled papers from the town clerk’s office to run for the position in this spring’s town elections. She served as a selectman for six years before losing a bid for re-election to current selectman Gordon Clark in 2015. Last year, she was appointed to the Finance Committee, but has left that board.

Lisio declined to comment on her reasons for running and goals she hopes to accomplish until she has completed gathering signatures and returned paperwork to the town clerk’s office, making her candidacy official.

Board of Selectmen Chair Carolyn Smart’s term is up, though she has not yet indicated whether she plans to seek re-election in the April 24 town elections.

Most other races in Townsend have not yet taken shape. The only position for which more than one candidate has pulled papers is a three-year seat on the Board of Water Commissioners. Residents Michael David MacEachern and Todd Melanson have pulled papers in that race.

A group of residents also filed petitions with the Town Clerk’s office this week calling for a Special Town Meeting in the wake of controversy about the town’s handling of police issues. The petitions included two articles for the Special Town Meeting: one seeking the removal of Town Administrator Jim Kreidler, and one seeking the reinstatement of former Sgt. Randy Girard, who resigned last month during a town investigation into police employees allegedly conducting unlawful background checks on civilians.

Town Clerk Kathleen Spofford said the amount of signatures on the three petitions well exceeded the necessary 200-resident threshold.

Residents also plan to submit further petitions for a Special Town Meeting instructing the Board of Selectmen both to reinstate Chief Robert Eaton, who is on paid administrative leave after criticizing the town investigation, and to terminate law firm Kopelman and Paige as the town’s legal counsel.

Furthermore, separate petitions are circling seeking a recall of Selectmen Gordon Clark and Cindy King, though those have not yet been filed with the town clerk as of Wednesday.

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