Selectman Annie LaCourt, known for her expertise with the town’s finances, served at her last board meeting Monday.
“It’s been a great seven years,” she said at the meeting. “I feel like we’ve really accomplished a lot.”
LaCourt and chairwoman Clarissa Rowe . However, Rowe will be at the board’s next meeting on April 9, a day before the Town Elections on Tuesday, April 10, LaCourt will not, due to a scheduling conflict.
“You both made the job seem attractive,” he said.
In addition to her financial expertise, LaCourt will be remembered for her “energy” and “relentlessness,” according to selectman Daniel J. Dunn, who said he and LaCourt bonded over their love of technology.
John Hurd, a former longtime selectman who served with LaCourt, said two words embody her: “Honesty and integrity.”
“You always knew she was doing what she thought was best for the town,” he said.
LaCourt, who serves as the director of community information for the Housing Partnership Networks, a nationwide consortium of affordable housing developers, said she felt like now was a good time to leave the board, as the town’s finances should be fairly stable over the next few years.
In the coming years, she said she hopes that the town continues to work on economic development and keeping the budget “lean and mean.” She also said she hopes the town works to better modernize its operations – to connect constituents with the town in new ways (LaCourt co-founded the town’s Technology Advisory Committee.
“I feel like I’m leaving these challenges in good hands,” she said. “I feel like we’ve gotten to a good place.”
As is customary, LaCourt received a town chair at her last meeting.
“I’m really looking forward to the next thing I’m going to do,” she said, “which is go do the same thing for my synagogue.”
LaCourt thanked her colleagues, the town’s administrators and staff and her family.