BROOKLIN, Maine — The town will hold a special election on May 14 to choose a new Board of Selectmen.
The existing board, which resigned earlier this month at the annual town meeting, signed a letter Tuesday to set the date for the election.
Selectman Richard Freethey said state law provides for the shortened process for potential candidates to file nomination papers. The normal nomination period is 90 days.
Selectmen Freethey, Jerry Gray and Lorna Grant, resigned on April 3 citing strained relations inside the town office. But, Freethey said, Maine Municipal Association attorneys informed the town that the entire board could not resign.
“We’ve learned that by law, we can’t officially resign until a new select board is in place to accept our resignation,” Freethey said Wednesday, reading from the letter selectmen had signed.
“MMA said that we needed to make sure that people got paid and bills got paid,” he added. “And we have to provide an opportunity for an open meeting.”
Freethey said the three selectmen have spent about two or three hours at the town office on the past two Tuesdays, which is their regular meeting day, and will continue to do so on Tuesdays until the election is held.
The polls for the special election on May 14 will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. at the fire station. In order to keep a staggered rotation on the board, townspeople will choose candidates for one three-year term, one two-year term and one one-year term.
“We can then submit our resignations to the new board,” Freethey said. “Presumably, they’ll accept them.”
Nomination papers will be available from the town clerk beginning today. The deadline for filing nomination papers is April 27.