Sutton Selectman Kevin Geraghty steps down
BY TOM REILLY
Midway through the July 10 Sutton Board of Selectmen meeting, selectman Kevin Geraghty submitted his letter of resignation, first stopping to thank his family for their sacrifices during the time he had been a selectmen. The letter stated that he believed his resignation was the best thing for himself and the town and that during his seven years as selectmen he had sought more counsel than he had given and in return he had received more counsel than he had sought.
He read that he had enjoyed every aspect of the opportunity and responsibility of being a selectman “especially human contact and interaction.” He said he enjoyed the “combat” of the discussions of those he had disagreed with and he hoped that no permanent wounds were given.
Geraghty mentioned that his childhood hero was Martin Luther King, Jr. He also thanked secretary Deb Jacques, whom he called a “moral compass to us all.” He thanked Town Administrator Jim Smith for his “incredible service to the town,” calling him “brighter, more honest, and tougher” than anyone he has ever worked with in either the private or the public sector. He urged the selectmen to do whatever they could to keep Smith as town administrator going forward. He thanked his fellow selectmen for all their help and support over the years.
Finally Geraghty thanked the people of Sutton, especially those who had worked beside him to move the town forward. Sutton, he said, was blessed with an abundance of people who “not only care about the town deeply but were willing to put their money where their mouths were.” This “love and commitment” was the cornerstone of the present and the foundation for the future.
When he finished the selectmen rose in applause.
Rick Hersom said he could understand the demands of family and life and that he and Geraghty had not always seen eye to eye, but these differences were always checked at the door. He said that Geraghty would be “sorely missed but never forgotten.”
John Hebert said that many different selectmen had been on this board and how they had all worked together. He said this particular board had gotten a lot done and he thanked Geraghty for all he had done.
Smith said the thing that impressed him about Geraghty from the beginning was that he listened to everyone’s viewpoint. He said Geraghty had made some excellent decisions during his time on the board, citing his support of the school building project, the Shaw property and Marion’s Camp, but above all the concept of the “lockbox”: the capital stabilization fund.
Mike Chizy said he believed that Geraghty had always tried to do what was best for Sutton and that Sutton has moved ahead during his time in office. He said he had been a pleasure to work with and that the town was a better place for his having better on the board. “Good luck with your life from now on,” said Chizy.
Chizy pointed out that Geraghty was the Board’s representative to the “charter revision committee” and the Board selected Hersom to serve in his place. The board also voted to hold a special election on September 6, 2012, the same day as the state primary, to fill Geraghty’s unexpired term which runs until May 2014.