Following the meeting, Anderson said he pushed for a vote now because a transition of this magnitude takes time to implement and it would have been good to get the process started. He noted that the way his motion was phrased allowed for further debate on its implementation and “all of the time needed to do a full search (for a new fire chief).”
Still, he was happy with the level of discussion and support his article received.
After the vote he spoke with interim fire Chief Michael Dwyer, inviting fire engineers to attend an upcoming selectmen’s meeting. With more dialogue between selectmen and the fire board and further education of the public, Anderson said he is setting his sights on Annual Town Meeting next spring.