LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Haarde Has Earned the Chairmanship

Resident David Manjarrez says Selectmen John Drobinski and Larry O'Brien were unfair in not appointing Bob Haarde as chairman.

As voters, we require transparency, fairness, and equity from our elected officials. It is in a spirit of fairness that Sudbury registered voters should request that the Sudbury Board of Selectmen consistently adhere to the tradition of multiple decades wherein a Sudbury selectman in the third and last year of his or her term and having effectively, faithfully and honorably served the citizens of Sudbury become Chair of the Sudbury Board of Selectmen.

Selectmen Drobinski and O’Brien have been the beneficiaries of this same chair-process and tradition spanning decades. Mr. Drobinski has been the chair five times since 1987 while Mr. O’Brien has been chair three times and most recently for the fourth time with Mr. Drobinski’s singular vote.

Selectman Bob Haarde has served Sudbury well and honorably, but was denied the chair of the Sudbury Board of Selectmen. Messrs. Drobinski and O’Brien together abrogated policy and tradition when they re-elected O’Brien to a second consecutive chairmanship. They gave no explanation of justification for doing so. As a result, Selectman Haarde has been denied the opportunity he has earned to serve as chair in his third term as selectman while his predecessors have benefited from the tradition for years.

In the spirit of fair play and transparency, the Board of Selectmen must schedule, debate, and re-vote chair of the Board of Selectmen immediately.


David R. Manjarrez
Firecut Lane

SkimThreePercent July 30, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Transparency is not what Mo, Larry, and Fredo are looking for. There are more skeletons in the Sudbury closet than anyone can imagine and letting them all out would be extremely dangerous. O'Brien didn't count on the Lavender party blowing up in his face only hours after he stabbed Haarde in the back. But what goes around sometime comes around. It will be interesting to see what happens moving forward. Look for Haarde to be challenged next year by the insiders.
JJoseph July 30, 2012 at 03:16 PM
It is unfair that Mr. O'Brien and Mr. Drobinski continue to gang up on Mr. Haarde. It makes you wonder why is O'Brien and Drobinski so afraid to let Mr. Haarde be the Chairperson? What is there to hide? Based on the Lavender incident and Mr. Haarde the only one that wasn't there is even more reason to ensure Mr. Haarde is the chairman. Things seem to be run a little too cozy in Sudbury lately. Change is good. Mr. Haarde has earned this position. Unless O'Brien and Drobinski re-think their decision, they will continue to divide the town of Sudbury. It is unfortunate. Sudbury can do much better than this.


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