Former selectman tapped to fill Sanbornton seat until May
January 12, 2011
SANBORNTON — Selectmen held a brief discussion at their meeting Jan. 5 before unanimously agreeing to appoint former selectman Guy Giunta to the vacant seat on the board until May, when voters will decide who will finish the final year of Steve Ober's three-year term.
Ober stepped down from the seat in December because of a new job he had accepted, which took him out of town too frequently for him to carry out his duties as a selectman.
Chairman David Nickerson said four residents had come forward to express an interest in the opening. He and fellow Selectman Andrew Livernois held a couple of discussions over the holidays as to who they felt would best fill the slot or whether they should leave the seat vacant until the next elections in the spring. They took time between those meetings to think things over and make up their own minds as to what direction they would like to go.
"We kind of came to a compromise on how we were thinking about it. Andy convinced me of some things and I got him thinking about other things," Nickerson said.
In the end they agreed that, while all four were viable candidates, former Selectman Guy Giunta was their unanimous choice.
"There's a real value in picking a former selectman who has experience and can jump right in to do the job," Livernois said.
Giunta served a three-year term as a Sanbornton selectman from 2003-2006. When notified of the decision later that night, Giunta accepted their offer and was scheduled to be sworn in Jan. 12.