WESTON, Conn. ? The following letter was written by Weston Selectman David Muller:
I have learned several important lessons in my two years as Selectman. First, I recognize that my most important constituency is my three children, who hopefully understand that public service is the most significant responsibility one can undertake for ones community. Second, I have learned that a Selectman must stand above his or her Party, and occasionally personal beliefs, to interpret the Town Charter and state laws in the best interests of all Weston residents. Third, I understand there are several constituencies that I represent, not all of whom attend meetings or engage in Town activities. This includes seniors, families with children, singles and the children themselves. It is crucial to consider how I can best serve their interests. Fourth, I remind myself that I sit on a Board of Selectmen, not a Board of Ombudsmen. My role and powers are described, and in some cases limited, by the Town Charter and state statutes, and I cannot make decisions, or solve all problems, if that decision would contravene these regulations. Fifth and perhaps most important to the voters, I understand that my decisions must be totally transparent. I explain the rationale for each vote, leaving no doubt as to the thought process that went into my decision. Gayle and I have made it our primary objective to ensure openness and transparency in governing Weston, and we will continue to do so. I hope to be reelected to another term as Selectman, to continue my service for another two years.
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