As the Falmouth Board of Selectmen reorganizes and the town elects two new members today, two outgoing selectmen took a few moments at last night’s meeting to say good-bye.
“Eleven years ago, I was elected to the board for the first time. I want to thank the community. It’s been an honor and privilege to serve. It’s been a job I’ve truly loved,” said selectman Kevin E. Murphy. He announced in March that he would not run for re-election in order to focus on managing the restaurant he and his wife own, Shuckers, in Woods Hole.
Chairman Brent V.W. Putnam echoed the sentiment.
“It’s been an honor and a pleasure to serve. I won’t go away, but I don’t have the time to devote to this,” he said. He served two back-to-back three-year terms. His wife Rebecca A. Putnam is one of six candidates seeking a spot on the board.
Selectman Douglas H. Jones thanked them both for their years of service and said he hopes they both keep an open door so the board can seek advice from time to time. Selectman Mary (Pat) Flynn said the five members worked well together and accomplished many of their goals. Selectman Rebecca Moffitt said she would miss sitting next to Mr. Murphy as they often shared laughs together.
“It can be difficult to live under a microscope when everything you do or say can be construed in many different ways. Please don’t judge me on any one vote, but judge me on my collective votes. I worked hard to make decisions with the information I had at the time,” Mr. Murphy said.
Although Mr. Putnam and Mr. Murphy are retiring from their executive posts, they both said they look forward to staying involved with the community.