Mashpee Town Meeting - May 7, 2018

The late Mashpee selectman John Cahalane participates in Mashpee Town Meeting at Mashpee Middle/High School on May 7.

After serving 20 years on the board, John J. Cahalane has been recognized by the town as the honorary Dean of the Mashpee Board of Selectmen.

The newly elected chairman of the board, Andrew R. Gottlieb, read a proclamation Monday recognizing Mr. Cahalane for his service to the town.

This is the first time the board has honored anyone with the distinction.

“It’s a great achievement,” selectman Carol A. Sherman said of the 20 years and multiple elections that Mr. Cahalane has served and won.

Aside from serving on the board for 20 years, the proclamation noted the Mashpee resident’s “commitment” and “passion for public service and extensive community involvement.”

Among accomplishments noted in the proclamation was Mr. Cahalane’s time as chairman on the Mashpee Human Services Committee, noting that he was instrumental in obtaining funding for the Substance Use Task Force’s monthly Drop-In Nights.

He also was the liaison for the board for several building projects in town, and has “given invaluable assistance with tribal affairs.”

Mr. Cahalane also played an influential role in the town’s “smooth transition” after adapting its Home Rule Charter. The proclamation further noted that the selectman was elected to the Mashpee Sewer Commission and served as the commission’s liaison to the selectmen, and that he was recognized by the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce for distinguished service.

Mr. Cahalane is currently serving his seventh term on the board.

As he was recovering from surgery, Mr. Cahalane was not present Monday when the proclamation was read. Town manager Rodney C. Collins said he anticipates that Mr. Cahalane will be back soon for meetings after the surgery.

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