At the start of Monday’s selectmen’s meeting I watched and listened to a statement made by Selectman Jim Potter that I would describe as am attempt to thoroughly discredit the chair of the Finance Committee, Mary Jane Mastrangelo. His statement accused her of Open Meeting Law violations, charter violations and placing unreasonable demands upon the town administrator and his staff for financial data. This statement by Selectman Potter contained no specifics.
I would describe his “public comment” statement as a display of poor leadership, bad judgment and a significant lack of understanding for the roles of the select board, town administrator and finance committee during the budget process. Simply stated, Selectman Potter took advantage of his elected office and tried to “shoot an unarmed person,” the finance committee chair. It appears he lacks understanding of the process that exists to report a charter violation and for whatever reason chose not to report a possible Open Meeting Law violation. His statement also highlights his lack of understanding for the role of the finance committee within the budgeting process. His actions send a strong message to me that he should not be reelected to a second term as a Bourne selectman.
Richard W. Conron