‘A Joy for Me’: Ebersole to Step Down from Lunenburg Selectmen
LUNENBURG -- Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Bob Ebersole will step down at the end of the month.
“I’ve been involved in town government my whole life,” he said. “The whole concept of giving to the town has been a joy for me.”
Ebersole, who was first elected to the board in 2013, announced his resignation Tuesday. He is leaving the position because of work commitments and to move out of town.
Serving on the board has been an adventure, Ebersole said, and being a selectman is a rewarding job that has its challenges.
He is proud to have been part of the process to hire a new town manager, town counsel and school superintendent. Ebersole also noted the push to build a new middle-high school building through a debt exclusion.
His experience in town government began when he joined the Fire Department as an on-call firefighter at 16. Ebersole also served as a reserve officer and went to join boards including the Planning Board and Sewer Commission. Later he became the town clerk and served as the treasurer and tax collector.
“He clearly is an asset to the town that will be missed,” said Board of Selectmen Chair Jamie Toale, who was elected to the board with Ebersole.
Toale said they have worked together well as board chairmen and that he will miss him as a friend.
Seats on the board are elected. Toale said it will discuss whether to hold a special election to serve out the remaining months left in Ebersole’s term, which is set to expire in May.
The process to fill a vacancy is outlined in the town charter. Selectmen can call for an election or 200 registered voters can petition to request an election.
Toale said the opening won’t prevent the board from meeting or voting. The quorum to meet and vote is three members, he said.
Ebersole encouraged residents to volunteer their time to serve in town government.
He will also step down as chair of the Charter Review Commission. His last meeting with the commission will be the 24th.
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