NORTH YARMOUTH — With just over 60 percent of the votes, incumbent Paul Napolitano was re-elected Tuesday to the Board of Selectmen.
His opponent, Timothy Porter, received 127 votes, or just under 40 percent of the ballots cast.
Napolitano said Wednesday morning that he was pleased to have won, in part because he felt he was the stronger candidate, but also because it will smooth out the process of hiring a new administrative assistant, which has been underway for several weeks.
Had Porter won, Napolitano said, “it would have thrown the whole process off.”
Napolitano has been a part of the first round of interviews to replace former administrator Scott Tilton, which began this week with three candidates. He said that selectmen have two more candidates to interview this week before narrowing the pool to two. They hope to have the new administrator in place by August.
Tilton’s contract was not renewed effective June 30, and he opted to leave earlier this month. Debbie Grover, the town office manager, is filling in on an interim basis.
In uncontested races, Todd Nicholson was elected to the School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors, Joy Malloy was elected to the Cemetery Commission, and John Cornish, Darla Hamlin, and Andrew Walsh were elected to the Budget Committee.
With 153 votes, Stephen Gorden earned a seat on the Yarmouth Water District Board of Trustees, defeating Guy Watson, who had 133 votes.
Total voter turnout was not provided by the town clerk late Tuesday night.
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