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Coventry has new steering chairman

By EKATERINE TCHELIDZE

Chronicle Staff Writer

COVENTRY — Coventry Town Council Chairman Julie Blanchard recently appointed Republican Richard Williams chairman of the council’s steering committee.

The committee was previously chaired by Republican Thomas Pope, who died after a brief illness earlier this summer.

Williams has been serving on the committee since November 2015 and will remain the chairman for the rest of the council’s term to expire in November.

The steering committee acts as an advisory committee to the town council and is responsible for recommending nominees for appointment to various town boards, committees and commissions.

It also makes recommendations for meetings, serving as a liaison between members of boards and commissions and assisting in creating agendas.

Blanchard said Williams is a good candidate to chair the committee for the next few months because “he has the experience and he has been serving on the committee” for a while now.

Before being elected to the steering committee almost two years ago, Williams served four years on the board of education and two years on the town council. “This guy gives a lot of service to the town,” said Mathew O’Brien, town council vice-chair.

For Williams, leading the committee, previously chaired by his friend, is “bittersweet.”

“It’s bittersweet because Tom is a good friend of mine,” Williams said. “We are just going to do the best we can for the town.”

In the past, Williams established the open space fund to preserve Coventry’s rural character and began and led the “green” initiative to promote recycling in town.

Williams is seeking re-election for another term on the council in November.

 

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