By Bonnie Adams, Government Editor
Westborough – Rod Jané, the current Board of Selectman Chair, will not be running for re-election to the board this spring. Jane announced his decision at the start of the selectmen's March 1 meeting.
He previously had served two terms on the school committee before becoming selectman in 2008. As a member of the selectmen, he was very instrumental in establishing the town's Economic Development Committee.
“I have absolutely loved the last nine years of serving the town,” he said at the selectmen's meeting. “But the demands of my work and family mean I have other pressing priorities.”
Jané has recently started a new business where he is a project consultant for companies that are looking to expand and/or relocate their business.
The other selectmen thanked Jané for his nine years of service to the town.
“I's disappointed,” Selectwoman Leigh Emery said, “but I understand your rationale.”
“Thank you, Rod,” Selectman Timothy Dodd said. “It's been a pleasure working with you. I'se learned a lot about economic development from you.”
As of March 1, there were no residents that had taken papers out for the Board of Selectmen's race. Those interested in doing so have until March 11.
Selectman George Thompson implored residents to consider running for one of the open spots in this year's election.
“Folks need to get involved,” he said. “Folks owe more to their community than just paying taxes. There are a lot of users of public service, but not enough public servants.”