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Haarde: No Hard Feelings Not Getting Chairman Position

After Town Meeting, Larry O'Brien was voted back as the Board of Selectmen Chair.

There was no argument. Just a handshake and a "congratulations."

Selectman Bob Haarde said that was his decision the night Town Meeting ended on May 8 when he learned he would not be the next chairman of the Board of Selectmen.

"There was no explanation ... other than me expressing my desire to be the chairman," Haarde said. "I thought it was my turn, as I had been told."

According to Haarde, after he was elected two years ago, current selectman John Drobinski said the chairman's position rotates every year. Drobinski asked Haarde to vote for him, and in turn Drobinski would vote for Haarde when it was his turn.

The Board met on stage at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School when Town Meeting ended at 10:41 p.m. when the vote went down.

"I was asked to vote for both of them when it was their turn with understanding I would be Chair when it was my turn," Haarde said. "After the meeting I went straight home and was sound asleep by 1:45 a.m."

O'Brien said he was not at liberty to explain why the Board didn't reorganize.

"A motion was made and I seconded it. John made a motion, and I supported it," O'Brien said. "Bob didn’t make a case for it, there was no other discussion other than he’d like to be chair. Bob picked up his portfolio and left, and the meeting was over."

Haarde said he doesn't want to come across bitter over what happened, and that if he had to guess today he would run for re-election next year.

"I believe the Board of Selectmen's job is to represent the people of Sudbury. I think about people first," Haarde said. "I think through everything ... that ‘s where I’m coming from. I have mixed feelings about (running for re-election). If I had to guess I’d say I’d run again."

A message left for Drobinski was not returned at the time this story was published.

RT Paine May 31, 2012 at 05:49 PM
People, O'Brien and Dobrinski do not want Mr. Haarde to control the BOS agena as Chairman, pure and simple, because they have too much to hide. That is the only reason to break the tradition, because if they followed the tradition they would suffer the consequences of the new chairperson shining the light on things that have been done in the recent and distant past. If they didn't have anything to hide they would have respected and followed the tradition. The only "case," as O'Brien called it, that Haarde didn't make was the case that he would keep everything under the rug out of public view. That is a tradition more important to Drobinski and O'Brien than the tradition about who becomes Chairperson.
SkimThreePercent May 31, 2012 at 05:55 PM
They want him out. Odds are against him running for reelection. No room in Sudbury for a guy like him according to the other two.
Todj Gozdeck June 02, 2012 at 02:21 PM
This is typical Sudbury dirty politics and continues to set a very poor example for our entire community. We need adults to start acting like adults. Larry's comments are misleading, inaccurate and irresponsible for someone who is supposed to be a leader in our community. First, this was an open public meeting about the reorganization of the Board of Selectmen which preside over the Town of Sudbury. His comment that he "is not at liberty to speak about this" really means he has no explanation and he is further embarrassed about a string of public actions and facts about him which have recently been revealed. Second, Larry tries to offer that a case was not made for Haarde to be Chairman when the only case made two years ago for John to be chairman was 'it's John's turn" and the only case made last year for Larry to be chairman was "it's Larry's turn." Sudbury needs more adults in the room. Sudbury is lacking transparent, responsible adult leadership which is lacking accountability to the citizens who they are supposed to be representing.
Rob June 06, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Great Job Bob! At least we can be proud of one of our elected officials in Sudbury.
Patricia Guthy June 06, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Has the term "TERM LIMITS" crossed anyone's mind ? We need it !! If it is good enough for the Presidency, isn't it all right for selectmen ? Enough is enough of these shenanigans! When will the citizenry of Sudbury stand up for what is sensible and right, rather than what the lemmings of the in-crowd deem should be done ?..... What we have seen happening gives us clear indication that integrity is lacking and when integrity is missing, the underpinnings of government have been severely damaged. Think about this.....certainly seems to me that this is the case.

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