It could take a while for retiring Wellesley Town Clerk Kathy Nagle to clean out her office after 15 years on the job. So she’s starting early, well before the March 2018 election, by tidying up some numbers.
She shared these fun facts about Wellesley Town Meeting, which has had 2,200 members since people started being elected in 1938 (read more about Town Meeting history here).
Nagle compiled a list of current Town Meeting members who have served the longest (with some asterisks):
1. John Schuler — since 1953
2. Bob Sechrest — since 1957 (*though took a few years off here & there)
3. Royall Switzler — since 1964 (*with some gaps and in different precincts)
4-6. Gig Babson, Arthur Priver and Mary Ann Cluggish — since 1972
7-8. Tory Defazio III and Robert Murphy — sine 1974
9. Anthony Bent — (*! first elected 1975-77, then back for more in… 2015)
10. Joellen Toussaint — since 1978
11. Joan Gaughan — since 1979
Most of these public servants have been elected to at least one town-wide board over time, too.
But Wellesley Town Meeting isn’t all about the experienced crowd. There’s plenty of fresh blood involved, too.