TOWNSEND – Sue Lisio, chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen, resigned Thursday.
Town Administrator James Kreidler confirmed on Friday that Lisio submitted her letter of resignation to Town Clerk Kathleen Spofford Thursday. It’s effective immediately.
Lisio resigned five months before the next scheduled town election in April and the completion of her current three-year term.
This was Lisio’s third term overall on the board, after first being elected on a write-in campaign in 2009 and then re-elected in 2012.
She was defeated by Gordy Clark in 2015, after which she was appointed to the Townsend Finance Committee in 2016. She won a race for an open seat on the Board of Selectmen in 2017.
In her resignation letter, Lisio said she is “grateful” for serving the town on the board and wished her colleagues well in their future endeavors.
“For the past several months I have been contemplating what I would like to do beyond the end of my term in April,” the letter read. “Just recently my plans took on an accelerated timeline and I find myself having to make a difficult choice between continuing my service to the town or pursuing my plans for the future. After much reflection, and in line with what I’ve said many times during my term, I am choosing to go forward. I regret that I cannot give both pursuits the time and attention they deserve.”
Kreidler noted that if there is a vacancy on the board within six months before the next election, the town does not need to hold a special election to fill the seat. Kreidler added that the two other selectmen — Vice Chairman Wayne Miller and Clerk Don Klein — have not yet met to determine whether or not a special election will take place.
“Over the past two years, we’ve established a really nice working relationship,” Kreidler said of Lisio. “I’ll miss having someone to bounce ideas off of.”
“I was taken aback and surprised that she resigned,” Klein said. “I always respected her abilities and time on the board.”