NASHUA — With new leadership just around the corner for the Board of Aldermen, the incoming president says he is ready and excited for the challenge.
Alderman-at-Large David Deane will be at the helm of the Board of Aldermen in the new year, as the board recently nominated him to replace existing board president Brian McCarthy.
"I am looking forward to this. It will be a new set of challenges, a new year and new people on the board," Deane said this week after being chosen to keep the aldermanic chambers in order.
Deane, who has served as a city alderman for more than a decade, admits there is a lot of lobbying that goes into receiving the nod for board president. Going into Monday's caucus meeting, Deane said he was unsure of how many of his fellow board members would support him, considering Alderman-at-Large Lori Wilshire was identified as an opponent just a few days prior.
"It was nice to have the support of my colleagues," said Deane, who received nine votes compared to Wilshire's six votes.
Deane will officially become the board president during inauguration events on Jan. 5. In the meantime, he said he intends on touching base with all five of the new board members to make sure they are prepared for the year ahead.
"It is rather unusual to have so many new faces on the board," said Deane, referring to five new aldermen who were elected in November and will be sworn into office during the upcoming inauguration ceremony. "But this is what the citizens wanted, and I fully respect that. This is the beauty of our system."
Deane plans on hosting informational meetings for the newcomers, which are designed to highlight various duties and commitments by the Board of Aldermen, along with learning their interests and recommendations for various committee assignments.
His first order of business will be to abolish certain committees that don't meet regularly or have already succeeded in their mission or goals.
"I am looking to purge out the committees that have disbanded or no longer meet," said Deane. Specifically, he said the Nashua Transit Advisory Committee, the Nashua Green Team and the Services Advisory Committee may no longer be necessary, but might require ordinances to officially close the groups.
Some of the committees have already served their purposes, according to Deane, who said he would rather assign board members to committees that need more representation and priority.
Before being elected as a city alderman, Deane served on the Board of Public Works for about four years. He is also active with the Nashua Cal Ripken Baseball program, and the city's skateboard park is named in his honor.
In November, Deane was the highest vote-getter during the municipal election, receiving support from 4,364 registered voters at the polls. He was seeking one out of three open at-large seats and ran against five other contestants.
"We are all ready to go," Deane said of the new board. "I am hoping it will be a good year, and I am going to try to do the best that I can."
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