On Jan. 14, I will be starting a new job as the governor's communications director. I am thrilled to be joining Governor Patrick's administration, and am anxious to work with the governor and the rest of his team on the important issues facing the commonwealth for the final two years of his term.
Exciting as this new opportunity is, making the decision to join the governor's senior staff was not an easy one. In order to perform my duties as communications director without any conflicts of interest, or the appearance of conflict, I will be resigning from the Board of Selectmen, effective Jan. 14. It has been a joy and a privilege to be a member of the Brookline Board of Selectmen for nearly six years; leaving the board makes the announcement about my new post bittersweet.
I want to thank you for allowing me to serve the town, for your friendship, for your pushback, and most importantly for your incredible dedication to our community. While you will no longer find me on the sixth floor of Town Hall every Tuesday night, I will remain active in Brookline civic life, and look forward to continuing to see you at meetings and events in the months and years ahead. I also look forward to continuing to serve Brookline in my new capacity.
I particularly want to thank my four remarkable colleagues: Betsy DeWitt, Nancy Daly, Dick Benka and Ken Goldstein. I reached out to each of them in advance of this news breaking, and am grateful for their support as I make this transition. It goes without saying that the town is in excellent hands.
When I was elected to the Board of Selectmen in 2007, I knew that Brookline was a special place, but had no idea just how special. The people, organizations, staff, and businesses that make up our community have been the best part of the past six years. Thank you, again, for allowing me to serve the town.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2013.
Jesse Mermell, selectwoman