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Don Chasse chairs his last Board of Selectmen meeting

MADAWASKA, Maine — After serving the town of Madawaska for 10 years off and on, the Board of Selectmen said goodbye to long-time board member and chairman, Don Chasse, as he stepped down from the board and attended his last meeting June 18. 

 

The Madawaska Board of Selectmen accepted the resignation of Chasse at its Feb. 18 board meeting. 

“It is with deep sadness that I must tender my resignation as a member of the Board of Selectmen of Madawaska,” Chasse said in his letter.

Madawaska residents had called for the resignation of Chasse citing a conflict of interest at a town informational hearing in November, but Chasse attributed the decision to “recent health-related issues.”

“Spending more time with my wife and grandchildren became a priority for me knowing that dealing with my health-related issues also was about family,” Chasse said.

His term was set to expire July 2021. 

“If it would not have been for health issues I would have completed my last year of my term that would have finished in June of 2021,” Chasse said in an email Tuesday. 

Chasse’s resignation was supposed to take effect at the conclusion of the June elections in which three board seats would be available. Due to COVID-19 and state guidelines and restrictions, the June elections for Madawaska were pushed back to July 14 along with state elections. 

After spending a cumulative 10 years on the board for the town of Madawaska, Chasse said it was a hard decision to make to exit the stage early. 

“I have no regrets and I am very proud of my service to Madawaska which I love very much,” Chasse said Tuesday. “Giving what I could, to the best of my ability, has always been my motivator.” 

Chasse said he is going to miss the staff and other board members. 

“Madawaska is a great community to live and work as well as to raise a family,” he said. “I wish nothing more than the best for our small town and its people.”

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