Mason Select Board chair steps down

  • Louise Lavoie Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 7/22/2021 3:03:14 PM

Three-term Mason Selectwoman and board chair Louise Lavoie resigned her post last week, citing personal reasons.

Lavoie submitted her resignation on July 16, and the Select Board held an emergency meeting that morning to accept her resignation and consider the process for appointing someone to her seat.

“I didn’t come to this decision lightly,” Lavoie said in an interview last week. “Life changes over time, and I really need to focus more time and energy on my health and on my family. I have really enjoyed my time serving Mason. We have a really good board, and we had a good dynamic, and we have a new administrative assistant, who I’ve been working with the last few months to train her. The office is in good hands.”

Her fellow Select Board members thanked Lavoie for her service to the town.

“Louise has been an invaluable member of the Select Board since she was elected to her first term in 2014,” remaining members of the board Peter McGinnity and Charles Moser wrote in a press release announcing Lavoie’s departure. “A more dedicated and generous public servant will be hard to find. The board is grateful to Louise for her service, and we wish her all the best.”

In an interview Monday, Moser added that Lavoie’s attention to detail and business experience made her an excellent colleague on the board.

“She was really dedicated, with no personal agenda,” Moser said. “She was excellent with fine details and really organized. We have nothing but great things to say, and we’re sorry to see her go.”

In addition to her seven years on the Select Board, Lavoie has also served on the Mason Financial Advisory Committee and as an alternate and ex-officio on the Mason Planning Board, and as a commissioner to the Nashua Regional Planning Commission.

When the town’s administrative assistant unexpectedly passed away last year, Lavoie stepped in to volunteer time to help fill those duties, and trained the permanent replacement, offering many uncompensated hours of service to the town.

Lavoie said she is happy that in her term in office, she saw the town move forward in its development of broadband internet, a long-term goal of the town, and said she eagerly awaits the completion of some major road work projects she helped start, including the re-paving of Russell Road and the repair of the Jed’s Lane Bridge.

“I have wished the other Select Board members continued success. I do really love this town,” Lavoie said. “It has a lot of good people.”

By state law, when a member of a Select Board resigns, the seat will be filled by an appointment chosen by the remaining members of the board until the next scheduled town election in March. At that time, the town will vote for a candidate to fill the remainder of Lavoie’s term.

Moser said in an interview Monday the board has approached a potential replacement, and plans to schedule an emergency meeting at a date-to-be determined this week to officially nominate and likely appoint Lavoie’s replacement.

Moser said the board has reached out to a potential candidate, and they have indicated they are willing to take the position, but did not disclose the name of the potential candidate until they have been officially nominated for the position.

  

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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