NASHUA — As the makeup of the Board of Aldermen has changed, and the dynamics of the new board is visibly different, city officials on Monday selected new leadership for the new year.
With no discussion, the board voted in favor of nominating Alderman-at-Large David Deane to serve as the new board president, replacing the current president, Brian McCarthy.
There were two nominations for the leading role. Deane received nine votes, and Alderman-at-Large Lori Wilshire received six votes from her fellow board members.
Also on Monday, the board nominated McCarthy as the new vice president. He received eight votes for the position, which was also being sought by Alderman Dan Moriarty, who received seven votes.
“I am just as happy to sit down in one of the comfortable seats for a term,” McCarthy said prior to Monday night’s vote, as he predicted the full board would nominate a new president.“I would do it again if the board wanted me to, but I don’t think it is going to happen,” McCarthy said before the meeting, which concluded in just 10 minutes.
For the first time since being elected in November, five new aldermen-elect sat around the horseshoe in the aldermanic chambers and participated in the caucus. Four of the five new board members voted in favor of Deane as the new president, including Aldermen-elect David Schoneman, Michael Soucy, Sean McGuinness and Ken Siegel. The remaining alderman-elect, Pamela Brown, voted in support of Wilshire.
During campaign season, several aldermen said it was time for new leadership on the board.
“I feel it is time for a change,” Deane said earlier during a candidate’s forum for the at-large candidates.
Alderman-at-Large Barbara Pressly expressed some earlier frustration with McCarthy, claiming he appointed himself as chairman of certain committees and allegedly failed to host regular meetings.At the time, Alderman Diane Sheehan said she was disappointed with the shocking words about McCarthy, saying she supports a president who comes prepared to meetings and is ready to collaborate for the best results possible.
Aside from Schoneman, Soucy, McGuinness and Siegel, other board members supporting Deane for president included Jim Donchess, Moriarty, Paul Chasse, June Caron and Deane. Supporting Wilshire for president were Brown, McCarthy, Sheehan, Richard Dowd, Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja and Wilshire.
Although the board voted for Deane and McCarthy as the new president and vice president respectively, their new positions are not official until the inauguration event on Jan. 5, when the new board members will be sworn into office.