Longtime Allenstown public servant decides it’s time to retire
ALLENSTOWN — Sandy Mc-Kenney has been serving her community since the early 1990s.
This year, McKenney decided not to seek a fourth term on the Board of Selectmen, signifying a partial close to 21 years of dedicated service that also included 10 years on the town’s budget committee and several years as a trustee of the trust fund.
“I’ll tell you, it’s been a roller-coaster ride. We’ve had our ups, we’ve had our downs, but I certainly hope we’ve had more happy times than bad times,” said Mc-Kenney. “We’ve seen a lot of changes, some very good for the town, and some not so good ... but I really just kind of thought it was time to step back and enjoy life.”
In addition to her time on boards and committees, McKenney played an integral roll on the Allenstown Revitilization Association, which for years has organized and conducted annual Easter egg hunts and other children’s and community activities.
“There are a lot of volunteers in this town, but 21 years is quite a long time,” said Town Administrator Shaun Mulholland, who first met McKenney in the mid-1990s, when he was a young patrol officer. “It’ll be a big change without her. Things will definitely be different.”
Though the majority of the civic and volunteer efforts are likely behind her, McKenney continues to serve as Allenstown’s representative to the Concord Regional Crimeline, where she runs a yearly golf tournament fundraiser at Plausawa Valley Country Club in Pembroke.
“I really love the town; I’ve been here since 1978,” said McKenney. “I am going to miss (serving as selectman), but I’m just looking forward to stepping back, maybe enjoy some quilting, a little traveling, you know, things I really haven’t been able to do.”
Still Mulholland predicted this may not be the last Allenstown hears from Sandy McKenney.
“I don’t think she’ll just disappear off the landscape,” he said. “I’m sure she’ll still be around, attending meetings and things of that nature.”