Longtime selectman retires after deciding not run for re-election
By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter
Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury Selectman Moira Miller attended and (presided over) her last board meeting April 23. She was surrounded by family, friends and well-wishers as her colleagues’ bestowed accolades upon her.
“This is a little bit of a special night because Selectman Moira Miller is retiring at the end of her term. Tonight is her last regularly scheduled meeting of the board,” Chair John Lebeaux stated. “We’d like to take a moment to recognize you and thank you for your accomplishments and service to the town.”
“This is a night I’d rather not be having. I love working with you,” Selectman Moe DePalo remarked.
“I’ve only lived in Shrewsbury for a little over 10 years so I don’t know the Board of Selectmen without you. It’s going to be a different feeling,” added Selectman Beth Casavant.
Assistant Town Manager Kristen Las also thanked Miller for her service, noting that she learned so much from her, particularly with regard to human resource issues.
“I got to work with you the least, but it’s been such a pleasure…I’m truly thankful for the time we’ve had working together,” shared Town Manager Kevin Mizikar.
The board presented Miller with a few gifts and official photos were taken.
“This is a great surprise,” she said. “Thank you. I have been able to do the things you recognized because I have worked with great people…and I can call each one of you friends.”
One last flourish came when Lebeaux relinquished his seat so that she could chair her final board meeting.
Her tenure will conclude officially Tuesday, May 7, when the town will elect two new selectmen at the Municipal Election. There are four candidates running for two seats – incumbent Lebeaux, and political newcomers John Samia, Jonjy Ananth and Stephen Trotto.