Claremont to expand panel after complaints that it has only one female member

Thursday, April 25, 2019

CLAREMONT — The City Council expanded its city manager search committee to 11 members after a few city councilors received public backlash over the appointment of only one woman to the nine-member.

The council decided to appoint the two women who received the most votes on Tuesday night.

Kristin Kenniston, a former School Board member, received the most votes — five — from the seven councilors present on Tuesday and was appointed alongside with Deb Matteau.

Matteau and Marlene Boisclair received two votes each on Tuesday but when the council revoted on Wednesday, Matteau was the choice among a majority of councilors, according to Assistant Mayor Allen Damren.

Councilor Claire Lessard was the sole woman already on the committee.

Initially, Damren suggested to the council on Wednesday the two additional members serve as alternates but the council quickly decided they should have full voting rights.

The committee’s first meeting is scheduled for Monday at 4:30 in City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.