Following past tradition, former Selectman John Anderson received his ceremonial Stoughton Chair at the Board of Selectmen's Meeting last Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Current Chairman of the Board John Stagnone recognized Anderson’s voluntary service from April 2009 to April 2012. Anderson served as vice chair from 2011-2012, before falling short in his bid for reelection in the April 2012 town election.
After the reading of the commemorative plague, Anderson sat in his new chair and addressed the board saying, “I want to put some value to the chair”...and went over some of the things that he was involved in over those three years.
Anderson pointed to:
- Consolidating the Council Council on Aging and Youth Commission under one roof (the Senior Center Building on Rockland St.) when the Youth Commission was looking for a home
- Helping find a solution to the Bay Road culvert saga
- Partnering with Selectman Steve Anastos in creating the annual Volunteer Appreciation Events
- Playing a key role in the hiring of Police Chief Paul Shastany
- Helping to establish a prior Selectmen Appreciation Plaque (that now hangs in the first floor of Town Hall)
After concluding the overview of his tenure, Anderson continued, “My time is over, the chair goes to my home, but my commitment to the town has not ended.”
Anderson, who is a past School Committee member, past member of the Council on Aging Board of Directors, and current Precinct 4 Town Meeting member, reminded the Board of his role as the Stoughton Representative on the Norfolk County Advisory Board since December of 2010. Currently serving on the Advisory Board’s Finance Committee, Anderson assured residents that he will continue to work to meet the needs of Stoughton.