Abington: Selectmen to appoint new ssttdc director

Abington Board of Selectmen is looking to fill the vacant Abington Director  to the South Shore Tri-Town Development Corporation (SSTTDC) position.

Town Manager Rick LaFond said the position became vacant several weeks ago when the former Director, James Lavin, passed away, putting the Selectmen in a difficult spot.

“Abington has one representtive to the five-person board and that was Mr. Lavin,” LaFond said, “It really put them in a tough spot, the timing of trying to get someone to fill a very important role, versus really trying to not disrespect him.”

LaFond added that now, reality sets in. “It’s an important role, there’s a lot of things going on that affect Abington, and we really do need to have representation.”

The other four members of the SSTTDC Board of Directors are Weymouth representatives Joseph Connolly and Jeffrey Wall, and Rockland representatives John Ward and Gerard Eramo.

LaFond said that the requirements for the position came from the enabling legislation of the Southfield development and Abington’s Charter.

“There are three applicants who I think all have some degree of background and have been public officials in town,” LaFond said, “One of the keys as we mentioned is that there is a meeting of the Board of Directors coming up in March. At this point… this project is in a critical stage, so having an Abington representative is pretty important.”

LaFond added that the less “catching up” whoever gets the position has to do, the better.

The deadline for applications was extended until this coming Friday, February 28th. The Selectmen will interview the three candidates and make an appointment at a meeting next Wednesday night, March 5th.

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About Samantha Tracey

Samantha Tracey graduated from Salem State University in 2013 with a degree in Journalism. She has been reporting on local issues in a variety of towns: Bridgewater, Abington, Carver, Weymouth, East Bridgewater, Hanson, Halifax, etc. She says growing up on the South Shore has made it interesting now to be covering news in such familiar places.