ROCKPORT — Town Clerk Patricia Brown formally  swore in newly elected and re-elected town leaders into office Tuesday night.

But the new Board of Selectmen, including Eliza Lucas, who won last week’s election for the lone contested seat, not yet chosen its new chairman.

As of now,  Erin Battistelli still chairs the Board of Selectmen, Brown said, explaining that, once an official is elected to an office, they serve until a successor is chosen.

The board was originally scheduled to vote on a new chairman at last night’s organizational meeting, but selectmen Paul Murphy, the vice chair, and Wilhelmina Sheedy-Moores were not present for voting.

The elected offices are staggered, asnd the current candidates for chairing the board are Murphy and Battistelli.

Town regulations indicate that a chairman must be elected with a majority vote, no matter what members are present. With only three members present when the board was set to vote last night, all three would have had to agree on one candidate.

Town officials say selectmen will vote on the new chairman at their next meeting.

For more on this story, look to tomorrow’s print and online editions of the Gloucester Daily Times and

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at




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