EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 15, 2013

Five new members join Finance Committee

By Paul Tennant

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — The newest members of the Finance Committee received a cheerful introduction at Town Hall last night.

Town Moderator Mark DiSalvo, who may have set a record for number of appointments to the committee at one time, reappointed Chairman Alan LeBovidge and Daniel Leary. He also named Timothy Tschirhart, a certified public accountant who has experience as a chief financial officer; Marta Solof, retired member services director for the Andover/North Andover YMCA; and Susan Almono, chairwoman of the town’s Sustainability Committee.

Town Clerk Joyce Bradshaw administered the oath of office to each member. She said swearing in members of boards and commissions is the aspect of her job she enjoys the most. DiSalvo expressed gratitude to past and present Finance Committee members for serving the town.

He thanked LeBovidge, an attorney and certified public accountant whose resume includes heading the state Department of Revenue and the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, for being “extraordinarily gracious to me.” He also praised LeBovidge’s “appropriate helicopter view of town government,” explaining that the chairman keeps his eyes on the big picture without “diving” into the day-to-day workings of municipal departments.

DiSalvo noted that he worked with Leary’s father, Michael Leary, when the older Leary was a member and chairman of the Finance Committee and DiSalvo was a member and chairman of the School Committee. Leary, a solar energy entrepreneur, just completed the two years remaining in the term of a member who resigned in 2011 and agreed to serve the year that’s left in the term of Thomas Dugan, who left the board due to professional duties.

DiSalvo said he tried to talk Leary into serving a full three-year term.

Almono, who has worked in economic development both in the United States and overseas, replaces Roberto Norbedo, who stepped down from the committee. Sorof fills the three-year position that Leary held and Tschirhart replaces Michelle Nadeau, who had to step down from the Finance Committee because she moved to another community.

Also serving on the committee are Donald Elliott, Karin Blake, Matthew Remis and William Callahan. DiSalvo, elected moderator in 2012, has now appointed every committee member except for Elliott and Remis.

DiSalvo said the Finance Committee, which makes recommendations on the articles that voters consider at Town Meeting, may be the most important board in the local government. It carries “extraordinary weight,” he said.

“Few things pass without the support of the Finance Committee,” he said.

Tschirhart, who has been a certified public accountant for more than 30 years, said he is “very honored and proud” to serve on the Finance Committee.

“I am retired but looking forward to working on the Finance Committee,” Sorof said.

Almono said she will leave the Sustainability Committee, which promotes recycling, composting and other activities that protect the environment, to concentrate her efforts on the town’s fiscal workings.