Van Houten is new Bennington Select Board chairman


BENNINGTON -- The Select Board voted unanimously to elect member Greg Van Houten as its chairman at Monday's regular board meeting.

The board voted Sharyn Brush as its vice chair.

Van Houten was elected to the board in 2012. He replaces long-time board member Joseph Krawczyk Jr., who chose not to run for reelection this year.

Van Houten said the regular board meetings will continue to be on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6 p.m. at the Bennington Fire Facility on River Street, unless otherwise warned. The meetings are open to the public and he encouraged more people to attend and voice their thoughts and opinions.

He said the public is welcome to send emails to the address: Messages will go to all board members and become a matter of public record.

The board unanimously passed a resolution read by board member Thomas Jacobs thanking Krawczyk for his extensive service to the military, county, and state, and local community. Krawczyk joined the army when he was 19 and retired in 1994 as a colonel. He was a Cavalry platoon leader in the Vietnam War where he received a Silver Star for Gallantry in Action, four Bronze Stars for Valor, and two Purple Hearts for wounds he received in combat.

Krawczyk served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010. He came onto the board in 2001, and in 2002 was chosen as its vice chairman, which he held until 2005. He became chairman in 2011. He is currently the president of the Board of Trustees for the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.

"Now therefore, be it resolved, that the Select Board of the Town of Bennington hereby recognizes and thanks Joseph Krawczyk Jr. for his years of leadership and dedicated service to his County, State, and town, and wish him well as he finds new roads to travel and adventures to experience," reads the end of the resolution.

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