Shaftsbury seeks to fill open posts


SHAFTSBURY -- The Town of Shaftsbury has several terms ending for their appointed officers this March, and is currently accepting letters of interest for the positions.

Letter of interest by Feb. 13

Those interested in applying for the positions are asked to submit a signed letter of interest to Town Administrator Margy Becker, either by mail or e-mail, by 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13. Letters may also be dropped of at her office at Cole Hall.

Highlighting the expiring positions are two seats: A spot on the town's planning commission and another on the development review board. The planning commission seat has been held by Chairman Chris Williams, who Becker reported had submitted his letter of interest to re-apply for the seat. The DRB seat was vacated by Mitch Race, who was appointed and re-elected to the Select Board last year. The town's appointment policy states that applicants to the planning commission and DRB must be Shaftsbury residents.

Jay Palmer, an alternate for the DRB, said on Monday that fellow alternate Michael Biddy is considering applying for that position, but has not yet submitted his letter of interest. The planning commission and DRB seats are both three-year terms.

Other positions that the town is accepting letters for are animal control officer, emergency management coordinator, road commissioner, town health officer, town service officer, and tree warden. Of those positions, the Town Health Officer and Town Service Officer are both vacant, while the rest are up for re-appointment.

According to a public announcement from the town, authorized out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursable for all of the listed positions. In addition, "members of the Planning Commission and Development Review Boards receive a modest stipend." The notice goes on to say that the emergency management coordinator also receives a modest stipend, and the animal control officer, who also acts as the deputy health officer, is also a paid position.

The Select Board is hoping to interview candidates, new applicants and incumbents alike, on Feb. 18, and is hoping to announce who will be filling the positions before April 1, when the terms of current officials expire.

Shaftsbury will also see turnover on its Select Board, with current Chairwoman Karen Mellinger and Vice-Chairman Carl Korman not seeking re-election. Jared Della Rocca and Art Whitman will be vying for Mellinger's two-year seat, while Tony Krulikowski will run for Korman's three-year seat.

Mellinger spoke a bit about her time on the Select Board in a recent interview, saying, "It's been a wonderful experience, I've met so many people in town. The whole experience, the ups and the downs, has shown me what an excellent town Shaftsbury is."

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