How Do You Feel About Milton Town Hall Turnover?
Tell us your feelings on the current constitution of Milton Town Hall.
Turnover is inevitable in all facets of life; people retire, chose to move on or an entity decides to go in a different direction. Thus is the case in Milton town government as well.
With the Board of Selectmen’s recent decision not to renew Town Administrator Kevin Mearn’s contract, Town Hall is on the verge of new faces in several key roles all at once. The three members of the Board of Selectmen are all in their first terms, while the recent election welcomed a new Town Clerk for the first time in 36 years.
The Town Administrator post, which is the only of the five mentioned above that is appointed rather than elected, has seen its own turnover in the past decade after John Cronin held the position for 34 years, ending in 2002. Mearn took the job five years ago.
Newly elected Town Clerk Susan Galvin served in the clerk’s office for 18 months prior to the election, with the previous nine months as Assistant Town Clerk. She was elected in April with 37 percent of the vote.
On the Board of Selectmen, the newest member is Denis Keohane. A former School Committee member, Keohane unseated two-term Selectman John Shields in a margin of 49 percent to 46 percent in April.
Current Selectmen Chair Tom Hurley is in the second year of his three-year term. He took the position in 2011, handedly beating Richard Livingston for the seat vacated by 12-year Selectman Marion McEttrick.
The most tenured member of the board is Robert Sweeney. Sweeney took office in 2010, defeating Kathy Fagan by just 32 votes. Fagan was seeking her second term on the board.
Milton voters, an urge to retire and the Board of Selectmen have all had their voice heard in this current turnover.
The question now to Milton residents is how do you feel about the current constitution of Town Hall?