SHAFTSBURY -- Karen Mellinger has been elected as the new chairwoman for the Shaftsbury Select Board, replacing Craig Bruder, who resigned on Sept. 30. Carl Korman was elected as vice-chair.
Korman nominated Mellinger, who had previously served as vice-chair, with a second by Mitch Race. The board voted 4-0 to elect her, with Mellinger abstaining. The vote for Korman was also 4-0, with Ken Harrington nominating, Race seconding, and Korman abstaining from the vote.
Bruder resigned to pursue a career outside of Shaftsbury, and Tim Scoggins was appointed by the board to fill his seat. Bruder had been appointed to the select board in October 2009, and was reelected the following March.
Scoggins is one of two appointed board members right now, the other being Mitch Race, who was appointed after Billy Oberauer resigned on April 15. Both of those seats will be up for grabs in a special election, currently scheduled for Dec. 3. It is currently unknown if either or both will run in that election. The town's new proposal for the construction of a new town garage will also be on that ballot, although the proposal has not been finalized yet.
Mellinger is the longest serving member of the select board. She also serves on the town garage committee.
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