New commissioner joins board in Littleton

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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 1:00 pm

LITTLETON — There’s a new commissioner in town, and Littleton Mayor Diana Bobbitt said she and the town could not be more pleased.

Town commissioners chose Gerleen Pitchford Monday to fill out the term left when Bobbitt moved into the mayor’s position in September.

Bobbitt described Pitchford as knowledgeable on what goes on in Littleton.

“She’s been attending the meetings forever,” Bobbitt said. “She was very happy to do this.”

She said Pitchford received a standing ovation when she was chosen.

Pitchford said she was overwhelmed but appreciative when she received the standing ovation.

“Now I’m glad I did this,” she said.

She does not have a particular issue she wants to tackle, but does want the public to feel their ideas and suggestions are welcome.

More people at the meetings is also a goal for Pitchford.

“I believe in being open,” she said. “There’s a lot of work to be done, but it’s a good board now. I feel like with the mayor and the board we have now, we’ll get a lot of work done.”

Bobbitt said commissioners decided to swap jobs with new blood on the board.

Pitchford becomes commissioner of finance, replacing Commissioner Heidi Hogan, who will focus exclusively on the library.

Bobbitt said the town is under the gun to get the new town library building ready before the current library lease runs out.

Commissioner Jimmy Kearney is giving up the streets and will manage the cemetery. Bobbitt will manage the streets.

To that end, residents can expect improvements on Moore Street in the near future.

Bobbitt said she is making some changes in the way meetings are run — using Robert’s Rules of Order and having a sign in sheet for those who want to address concerns with commissioners.

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