SHREWSBURY – Select Board Chair Moe DePalo has announced his plans to retire at the end of his term in May and not seek re-election.
“I have reached the point in my life where it is time to start a new chapter. I want to focus on my family and my health and other areas of interest,” DePalo said during a Select Board meeting Nov. 16.
DePalo, who is the longest serving current member, has been on the Select Board for 30 years. His current term is up in May 2023 along with a seat currently held by Beth Casavant.
DePalo said his family wants to “spend warmer winters in Arizona.”
He said he feels “honored, humbled and lucky” that residents voted for him to serve on the board for three decades.
He thanked Town Manager Kevin Mizikar and said that the opportunity to work with him was a reason why he decided to run as chair for the current term.
“You are building upon the legacies of [Richard] Carney and [Dan] Morgado and in the process, you are building your own legacy,” DePalo said.
He added that he does not intend to “slow down in any way” until his retirement.
“There is still a lot of work to be done and I intend to honor my commitment to our fellow citizens and to you, my colleagues, until my last day on May 23,” DePalo said.