There are a number of appointments on the agenda for a special meeting of the Town Council on Thursday, March 31, 2016. If you’re wondering how people are chosen, you can now view multiple revisions of a memorandum regarding nominations for these public offices drafted by Council Chair Beth Daponte with additions made by several Democratic members of the Town Council. You can view the various revisions to it here. Former Democratic Town Committee Chair Leonard Petrucelli and Vice Chair Emma Brooks were authorized to make recommendations to the online list, but it does not appear that input was sought from the sole remaining Democrat on the 2013-2015 Town Council, recently elected DTC Chair Stephanie Philips.

There is also one notable name missing from this list, Michael Griffin, who was nominated for the Disability Review Board on January 11, 2016 without the members of the Town Council being provided an application form or background information on him prior to the meeting — as has customarily been the practice before appointments made by past Councils. When members of the Council asked about his qualifications, his nomination was tabled. It appears that Mr. Griffin, whose nomination was supported by the Council Chair, may be a former Town employee with a criminal conviction.