HUDSON – Select Board Chair Scott Duplisea has replaced James Quinn as the board’s representative to the Hudson Business Improvement District (BID) Executive Board.
Quinn opted to step away from the position last month, citing increased workload from his main employer, where he is responsible for managing security and property.
“I’ve taken on a lot more responsibilities,” Quinn told the Community Advocate.“Oftentimes, I’m on the road.”
“I can multitask, but not usually when I’m driving,” he continued. “They meet early in the morning, so I realized I can’t make many meetings now.”
Quinn reflects on service in Hudson
Quinn has also taken a step back from supplemental duties in Hudson government, recently stepping down from the Affordable Housing Trust.
“When I got over 65, I thought I’d have a lot less responsibilities,” he said. “[But] there are just too many responsibilities with another employer.”
Quinn reflected on his service within Hudson, where he has served as a public school teacher, as well as a member of various boards and commissions for over two decades.
“I’ve done what I can,” he said. “My family has been here a long time.”
As he is scaling back some of his involvement, he said he plans to stay on the Historic District Commission.
“That was my first passion,” he said.
Quinn also confirmed that he plans to seek reelection to the Select Board this year. He had pulled papers as of March 4, according to filings available through the Town Clerk’s office.
Duplisea selected as Quinn’s successor
Select Board member Shawn Sadowski nominated Duplisea during a meeting on Feb. 28, with the board later confirming Duplisea as Quinn’s successor in a 3-1-1 vote.
Select Board member Fred Lucy II voted against the motion, citing concerns over whether the board should wait until after this year’s municipal elections before choosing a successor.
“This is not a representative, this is a chartered executive director,” he said. “You have to attend all executive director meetings.”