Hebert begins 4th term as Board of Selectmen chair
By Robert Fucci
Selectman John Hebert thanks his fellow Board members after accepting the nomination of Board chair during the June 7 meeting. Photo by Robert Fucci SUTTON – As David Hall put it, it’s been an annual, peaceful tradition and there was no reason to change it.
The Board of Selectmen opted to reorganize during its June 7 meeting, as Hall, who had been the chair over the past year, graciously stepped down, allowing John Hebert, who recently won his re-election bid last month, to become the chairman.
“It’s really been an honor,” said Hall, who will be up for re-election next year should he choose to run. “I appreciate the support of the Board the past year. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be here. It’s been eventful. This past year I have benefited tremendously from the opportunity to be here.”
Selectman Paul Maynard, who is also up for re-election next year, nominated Hebert to take over as chair. There were no objections.
“This is a proud moment for me,” said Hebert, who has been a public servant for over 50 years. “This is my fourth term. We’ve done a lot of good things for the town. I want to thank former Chair David Hall. He comes with professionalism, a lot of knowledge with a background in finance, his demeanor, and his candid comments on issues the last few years.”
Hebert also applauded the Board for its ability to tackle town issues.
“I think this Board is very solid,” he said. “We’ve accomplished a lot, but our vision and mission are not complete yet.”
Hebert praised the work of Town Administrator Jim Smith and the Finance Committee, which allotted a $440,000 budget for the School Department for Fiscal Year 2017 and avoided teacher layoffs. He also lauded the efforts of the town’s department heads and their open communication policies.
“It’s time for us to move forward,” he said. “We will work on some goals, which we’ll discuss in July. We have a mission and a vision to move forward.”
After Hebert accepted the chairmanship, Maynard agreed to become the vice chair while Jesse Limanek took over as Board clerk. There were no objections to either nomination.
“We ought to be pretty darn proud,” Hebert said. “We do an awful lot here, put a lot of thought in what we do. We’re going to continue this and that’s a plus for Town of Sutton. There’s no prouder place to be that in Sutton, Massachusetts.”