Manupelli to chair Select Board

May 16, 2019 by

Published May 16, 2019

By MAUREEN DOHERTY

NORTH READING — Kathryn Manupelli was unanimously elected to serve as chair of the Select Board for the coming year at the board’s annual reorganizational meeting May 8, the day after annual town election.

Manupelli has completed her fourth year on the board and served as vice chair for the past year.

The board’s two new members, Liane Gonzalez and Richard Wallner, were sworn in by Town Clerk Barbara Stats before the meeting convened. They had run unopposed for the seats vacated by 15-year incumbent Bob Mauceri and nine-year incumbent Mike Prisco, who both chose to retire from office.

MEET YOUR NEW Select Board. The two new members of the Select Board were sworn in May 8, the day after the town election, by Town Clerk Barbara Stats, after which the board met briefly to reorganize its leadership for 2019-20. From left: Town Administrator Michael Gilleberto, Town Clerk Barbara Stats, Vice Chair Stephen O’Leary, new members Liane Gonzalez, clerk, and Richard Wallner, Chair Kathryn Manupelli and Andrew Schultz. (Al Pereira/Advanced Photo)

Initially, Wallner nominated longtime member Stephen O’Leary for the post but he declined to accept the nomination and instead nominated Manupelli. Fellow board member Andrew Schultz offered a second and the vote was unanimous.

For the vice chairmanship, Gonzalez nominated O’Leary with a second from Wallner while Manupelli nominated Schultz, which he seconded. The vote was 3-2 for O’Leary.

There were also two nominations for the position of clerk. O’Leary nominated Gonzalez, seconded by Wallner, and Schultz nominated Wallner, seconded by O’Leary. The vote was unanimous for Gonzalez.

The board’s next meeting is Monday, May 20 in Room 14 at Town Hall beginning with an executive session at 6:30 p.m., followed by open session at 7:30 p.m.

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