To The Daily Sun,
To my fellow Gilmanton voters:
I am among many of local residents who have been concerned over the recent discord existing within the present Board of Selectmen.
This issue seemed to have begun when our then police Cchief retired last Fall. At that time, he recommended that the Board of Selectmen hire one of the existing patrolmen to fill the vacancy. Rather than advertising the position, as is the accepted procedure, an officer was hired as police chief with no further interviews. That officer is the son of a then selectman, who is a candidate for re-election in 2016. In our opinion, this is a conflict of interest as shown in the Town Warrant, Articles #23 and #24 and pursuant to RSA-31:39.
Another issue recently surfaced when it was noted that one selectman took it upon himself to consult with the town attorney, at the expense of the town, over the issue of biosolids. EVERY selectman knows that the board MUST always act as a board, not an individual.
These are only two incidents, but part of the basis of the dissidence, constant finger pointing, and bickering with raised voices which is simply not becoming of our highest town officials.
Therefor, I intend to vote for Steve McWhinie and Marshall Bishop for Selectmen on March 8 — to return civility and common sense to our town. Will you please join me?
State Representative, District 5
Gilmanton & Alton
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