2018-05-10 / News

Council will appoint a replacement for Strang

Because neither of the two write-in candidates from the last election are able to serve, the town councilors will be tasked with appointing a fifth member to the school committee.

The vacancy was created following the resignation of Dorothy Strang, a Democrat who was elected to the board in November 2016.

Strang, who is moving to Chicago to live near her daughters, passionately addressed the councilors at Monday night’s meeting. She said her 10 years in town taught her as much about life as her decades of teaching in the Windy City.

“I’ve never lived in a community before,” said Strang, a city girl who grew up in Philadelphia and retired in Chicago. “I have learned enormous lessons that I didn’t learn in the heady reaches of Hyde Park.”

Strang’s four-year term still has 30 months remaining, which means the replacement will be expected to serve until November 2020. According to the town charter, the next highest vote-getter from the most recent election is offered the position.

In 2016, however, only three candidates appeared on the ballot for three seats. Aside from the candidates, the only residents to receive votes were write-ins Christopher Gray and William Piva, but canvassing clerk Karen Montoya said both men are unable to fulfill Strang’s term. According to the charter, “Should none of the vote-getters be willing to serve, then the council shall appoint a member.”

Although the town has an interested candidate, Trocki recommended advertising the position to keep with policy. For non-elected positions, such as appointed roles on the harbor, conservation, planning and zoning boards, the councilors interview the candidates and choose from those applications.

Blake Dickinson, the lone Republican, applauded Trocki for not breaking policy. Aside from Dickinson, every elected official in town is a Democrat, meaning the four majority councilors would be able to appoint a Democrat to the school board without interviewing a Republican or independent.

Interested candidates should send letters of interest and resumes to the Jamestown Town Council, 93 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, RI 02835. The deadline is June 7.

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