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Merrimack Valley

July 7, 2014

FinCom seeks two new members

ANDOVER — The Finance Committee, arguably the second-most powerful committee in town behind the Board of Selectmen, has two vacancies that need to be filled.

Town Moderator Sheila Doherty, who is responsible for appointing the nine-member board, said six-year member Paul Fortier is leaving to spend more time with his family. Former committee member Mary O’Donoghue resigned in advance of her successful run for a seat on the Board of Selectmen.

“I have been speaking with a number of people and hope to make the appointments in the next few weeks,” Doherty said via email recently.

She said she was “sorry” to accept Fortier’s resignation, saying that he “served the town very well,” but “his family life is changing such that he and his wife will be doing more traveling.”

Fortier could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, two members have been reappointed: Greg Serrao and Linn Anderson, whose terms will run through June 30, 2017. They join Joanne Marden, John Barry, Margaret Kruse, Janie Moffitt and committee Chairman Jon Stumpf.

While the Finance Committee has no authority to set the budget — that power lies with the selectmen, School Committee and town manager — the group does offer advice and counsel, voting on every Town Meeting warrant article, from the budget to zoning proposals.

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