New Board of Selectmen Chairman Won't Be Named at Town Meeting

During most years, the rearrangement of the Board of Selectmen is made at Annual Town Meeting. That won't be the case this time.

Current Chairman John Drobinski's replacement won't be named until May 20. (File Photo)
Current Chairman John Drobinski's replacement won't be named until May 20. (File Photo)
Normally when the final night of Sudbury's Annual Town Meeting wraps up, new members of the Board of Selectmen are sworn in and a new chairman is chosen.

For the second time in recent years, that won't be the case this time around.

Last year, a new chairman was not chosen until later than normal because of the election that was held to fill two spots and increase the Board of Selectmen from three members to five members.

At this week's Board of Selectmen meeting, outgoing Chairman John Drobinski added the job of naming a new chairman to the agenda for the meeting scheduled for May 20, though the reason for the change was unclear.

When the new board takes shape, Drobinski will be replaced with incoming selectman Patricia Brown, who topped the ticket during this year's Annual Town Election on March 31.
SudburyCOP May 02, 2014 at 08:07 AM
Absolutely outrageous!!! Let's hope Lenny & Squiggly finally step up and do the right thing! There is no one more qualified and deserving to be chairman than Bob Haarde!
pmotw May 02, 2014 at 08:43 AM
Mr. Drobinski’s behavior is immature and pathetic. At Tuesdays BOS meeting, he told residents he did not agree with, to hurry up. He obviously is very bitter he lost “his seat” on the BOS and is having a very difficult time accepting it. Now delaying the appointment of the BOS chairman? The only possible motive for this has to be down playing the appointment of someone other than Mr. Haarde. Mr. Haarde deserves to be chairman. Just when you think things couldn’t be any more embarrassing to the town, Mr. Drobinski comes up with yet another chapter of injustice.
Dave Dell May 02, 2014 at 07:05 PM
Here's something for the selectmen to consider: the huge cost mistake on the police station is a very serious matter. Only weeks after the ballot vote, how could the number change so drastically? Depending on what is going on behind the scenes, this is the result one of two things: incompetence or intentional misrepresentation. Either way, the ballot vote is invalid because the cost figure is materially different; the cost is far in excess of the "number" represented to taxpayers. There is something really wrong with the way this is playing out. Apart from the invalidity of the ballot vote, the project is far too excessive compared with the scope of police work in this town and the fact that only 5 people work there at any one time. The existing building can be renovated for a fraction of the cost.
JJoseph May 02, 2014 at 07:54 PM
A few questions for Mr. Drobinski. 1. Why are we not voting for a chair at Town Meeting like usual? 2. Why was there a need to sign the Town Manager contract early and just prior to a new board member joining. 3. Why was there a need to sign the Town Counsel contract early and just prior to a new board member joining? 4. Why was Bob Haarde's evaluation of the Town Manager discounted and ignored? 5. Why hasn't Bob Haarde been Chair of the Board of Selectmen? 6. Why do we continue to let Lincoln pay less than their fair share of LS? 7. Why are you opposed to letting taxpayers of Sudbury voice an opinion?
John Q. Sybian May 04, 2014 at 12:20 AM
As bad as Drobinski was at the last meeting, Simon was worse. He accused Haarde of leaking the details of our contract with Our Very Own Matlock -- with a pathetic attempt at being indirect -- without offering any evidence. When Haarde mentioned adding some language to the Johnson Farm letter, Simon made a bizarre attempt to silence him by trying to hammer the letter through as-is. Just sad.


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