No special election following abrupt resignation

Town will wait until April to elect third member

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TOWNSEND – The Board of Selectmen, normally a trio, have decided to remain a duo for the next five months.

According to Town Administrator James Kreidler, Vice Chair Wayne Miller and Clerk Don Klein chose not to hold a special election to fill a vacancy on the board left by Sue Lisio.

The now former chair of the board resigned from her position on Nov. 14 after deciding to focus on future plans. Lisio was in the final months of her third-overall term on the board, serving her first two three-year stints between 2009 and 2015. She lost a re-election campaign in 2015 before winning an election for an open seat on the board in 2017.

The two remaining selectmen made their decision during the board meeting Monday night.

Kreidler said  because Lisio’s resignation happened within six months of the next election scheduled for April next year, the town charter dictates that the board does not have to hold a special election to fill Lisio’s seat.

With the holidays approaching and Massachusetts General Law requiring at least 65 days between the announcement of a special election and the date of the election itself, Kreidler said the board would likely not have its third member until late-February or early-March.

This would of course be only a few weeks before the town would hold another election for the new member to run for his or her first complete three-year term.