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Town Moderator: 'New Voices' Were Reason Behind Finance Committee Appointments

When asked about the controversy surrounding the Finance Committee, Town Manager Myron Fox said that his decisions are legally allowed by town bylaws.

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Town Moderator Myron Fox weighed in on the decision he made to add new Finance Committee members and remove others, appointments that have stirred up controversy among residents in Sudbury.

Fox, who announced recently that he is stepping down as Town Moderator, said that when he relieved Robert Stein and Tammie Dufault of their Finance Committee duties, he was doing so to get a new perspective on the board.

"New voices for the Finance Committee," were the reason for the new appointments, Fox told Patch. "All were well qualified (with) masters degrees and finance or budget experience."

The Town Moderator said that four people applied for Finance Committee positions, and those four residents were interviewed. He said they were officially appointed on May 7.

However, the decision has brought controversy in recent weeks. Stein spoke to the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, and said that he and other residents believe he and Dufault were essentially fired from their positions because of the stances they took on budget issues.

The Board of Selectmen will discuss the Finance Committee appointments at their next meeting. Newly selected chairman Chuck Woodard said at last week's session that selectmen have no control over the Finance Committee as the bylaw is written in an effort to keep politics out of the Finance Committee's decisions.

When asked what his response is to residents who have questioned the Finance Committee appointments he simply said his decisions were legally allowed.

"Each of the methods described above (the application and interview process) is permitted by the town bylaws," said Fox.
David May 27, 2014 at 04:36 PM
The only person I know to be fired from fin com was Todj Gozdeck but that was by other members of the committee including Bob Stein and was for ethical issues. I'd be surprised if there weren't other times as well.
Sudbury Citizen May 27, 2014 at 05:28 PM
David, I just checked, Bob Stein was NEVER on FINCOM the same time as Todj Gozdeck. You were correct that the membership voted Todj a vote of no confidence so Myron did not renew his membership. You are thinking of Bob Jacobson.
Mike Hullinger May 27, 2014 at 06:06 PM
Myron Fox violated the Town Bylaws at the 2013 Town Meeting. The Bylaw specifies that the FinCom appointments shall be made AT TOWN MEETING, that the terms of the appointment shall be made such that 3 expire each year, and that there must be 9 members of FinCom. Mr. Fox made no appointments at the 2013 Town Meeting, resulting in only 6 members of FinCom until he made some interim appointments, which is also a violation of the Bylaw. The Moderator's FinCom appointments can only be made at Town Meeting. If there are Fincom vacancies that occur during the year, only FinCom can fill the vacancy, and the terms of those appointed by FinCom automatically expire at the next annual Town Meeting. I raised the Bylaw violation with the Moderator and the Selectmen. The result? Mr. Fox apparently made appointments at this year's Town Meeting, not by a report of his appointments to the Town Meeting legislators, but by a sealed envelope handed to the Town Clerk.
David May 27, 2014 at 08:53 PM
Sudbury Citizen- I apologize and thank you for that correction. I remembered that Bob Stein was instrumental in pointing out Todj's fincom issues during the selectman election and made an incorrect assumption.
Dave Dell May 29, 2014 at 01:20 PM
Fox and all of the insiders trying to manipulate the system should be ashamed of themselves. He is the latest of an ignoble group who seem to show their true colors on their way out the door.

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