The Freeport Town Council has elected new leaders, sworn in members and bid farewell to a former chairman.
The council unanimously elected as chairwoman Sarah Tracy, who represents District 2, at its Nov. 15 meeting. Tracy completed the final year of Kate Arno’s term in January 2013 and was re-elected in 2014.
At-large Councilor Melanie Sachs, who has served as chairwoman for the past two years, is the new vice chairwoman, succeeding D. Scott Gleeson. Sachs, also elected by unanimous vote, is one year into her second term on the council. Gleeson remains on the Town Council, but chose not to seek a third year as vice chairman.
Mary Howe, deputy town clerk, swore in Gleeson and new members Peter Anzuini and John Egan. Anzuini is filling in the final year of the term of Kristina Egan, who resigned last summer. Because he is serving for only one year, Howe swore him in separately. John Egan succeeds James Hendricks, the former chairman who stepped down following two terms in office.
Councilors bypassed the customary “roast” of an outgoing member, in this case the “no-nonsense” Hendricks. They presented him with a plaque and gifts.
“I’ve always appreciated that you are very clear,” Tracy said. “You’re very direct. But above all, you’re fair.”
Sachs said that Hendricks set the tone for a “warm and comforting place to come,” and read the plaque.
Town Manager Peter Joseph presented Hendricks, a former rugby player, with the “first-ever town of Freeport rugby ball,” signed by the councilors.
Earlier at the meeting, Joseph related particulars from what Howe said was the largest voter turnout on Election Day in Freeport history. Among the town’s 6,932 registered voters, 5,615 – 81 percent – cast votes. Of that total, 41 percent voted absentee.
Longtime election official Ed Bonney, who served as deputy warden in this election, spoke words of praise for all who worked a long day and night on Nov. 8, some who were there until 2:15 a.m.
Mary Howe, left, deputy town clerk, swears in John Egan, left, and D. Scott Gleeson during the Nov. 15 meeting of the Freeport Town Council.
James Hendricks, outgoing Freeport town councilor and past chairman, accepts a plaque as the council bids him farewell during its Nov. 15 meeting.