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Mason Donovan resigns from Webster’s board of selectmen

Webster’s Mason Donovan has resigned from the town’s board of selectmen, citing his plans to move to Boscawen.

He submitted his resignation Monday, effective immediately.

“When you change your domicile, you can’t hold a position in that town anymore,” said Donovan. “Our intent in listing the house showed the intent to move. That felt like it was enough for me to resign and allow the next person” to seek a position on the board.

Donovan, who has lived in Webster for seven years, said he bought land in neighboring Boscawen several years ago. The Donovans decided to move in the past month, and put their home on the market this week. He served two years on the planning board before winning election to the board of selectmen in 2013. While he said he doesn’t plan to run for elected office in Boscawen, he’ll seek out volunteer opportunities.

“The two towns share quite a bit, so I see a similar community and I’m only going to be a few miles down the road,” Donovan said. “I really don’t see it as me leaving.”

Donovan’s major contributions were often related to helping the town follow state protocols, said Selectman Bruce Johnson. He requested each meeting begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and created the original draft of the document management policy that followed a police investigation into a subcommittee’s handling of anonymous documents. He also helped the town create cemetery deeds and helped update the town’s fees schedule, including a waiver for town hall rental fees.

“He did all of this while keeping a keen eye on the budget. His expertise in these areas will be missed,” said Johnson.

“We’ve really cleaned up a lot of the old traditional ways of doing things, which were either not compliant with RSAs or they just weren’t forward looking,” he said. “There’s been a lot of work, and there’s still a lot of work to come.”

The selectmen are looking for candidates to fill out Donovan’s term, which runs to March. Interested residents should call 648-2272.

(Iain Wilson can be reached at 369-3313 or iwilson@cmonitor.com.)

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