AMESBURY — A new group of public servants may have been sworn into office recently, but a trio of board seats must still be filled.
The city celebrated its 12th inauguration of city officials, which saw the swearing in of Mayor Kassandra Gove as well as a new City Council, Planning Board, School Committee, Housing Authority and Board of Library Trustees on Jan. 2.
But, thanks in part to a reshuffling of seats, the city finds itself searching for two new Planning Board members and a new member of the Board of Library Trustees.
City Clerk Christine Dixon said the first Planning Board seat came open when former member Scott Mandeville was elected to the City Council in November.
Nanette Masi won a Planning Board seat as a write-in candidate in November but has declined the role, leaving that seat open, Dixon said.
New Board of Library Trustees members Gail Browne, Michelle Lamott, Brenda Rich and Delia Anne Rinaldi were sworn in Jan. 2, leaving one seat on the nine-member board vacant after former member Katherine Currie took her seat on the School Committee.
The City Council is expected to hold a joint meeting with the Planning Board and the Board of Library Trustees to fill the three vacancies Feb. 11.
“Anyone who is a registered voter in Amesbury can apply,” Dixon said. “We have applications in our office (at City Hall, 62 Friend St.) or online” at amesburyma.gov.
The deadline to submit applications is Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
Dixon added that whoever fills the three available seats will do so until December 2021 and will have to run for re-election that November if they wish to continue to serve.
The current vacancy situation is not new to the city after a municipal election cycle.
“This has happened before,” Dixon said. “I believe it is not that unusual.”
Staff writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached via email at email@example.com or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.