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Hopkinton’s Jock has change of heart, reappointed to board

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HOPKINTON - Gordon O. Jock resigned from his position on the Hopkinton Town Board last month, because he knew he wanted to do some traveling and didn’t think it would be fair to his fellow board members to miss meetings.

This month Mr. Jock was reappointed to his former seat and will serve for the next “six or seven months” to help ease the transition for new Town Supervisor Susan Wood, who was appointed to that position in November following the death of then supervisor Marvin E. Rust.

At the board’s December meeting, Susan Lyon was appointed to fill the board vacancy created by Ms. Wood’s resignation from her council seat. Ms. Lyon’s appointment gave the board two council members with less than a year of experience, as well as a town supervisor with only a couple months under her belt. The appointment Monday night of yet another new board member would have left Ms. Wood, the new supervisor with three new board members.

The third new member, Amanda Potter ,was not in attendance Monday, but was appointed to the board last year to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Deborah Bagnato.

“Gordie would like to come back on and help us out for six or seven months,” Ms. Wood said. “This will bring us to election time and the remaining ones can run for the position.”

The board had solicited letters of interest to fill the vacancy created by Ms. Wood’s resignation and received four responses. Following Mr. Jocks resignation, the town board received another letter again giving them four candidates, plus Mr. Jock, to choose from.

“I figured I would give them a hand,” he said, adding saying no to Ms. Wood and the people of Hopkinton isn’t an easy thing to do.

“Everybody has asked me to come back,” he said. “It’s hard to say no to these people. It’s the least I could I could do.”

Mr. Jock who is retired from UPS said his wife will be retiring later this year, and he has no intentions of running for his seat again when the term expires at the end of year.

“I thank you for reconsidering and helping me through the transition,” Ms. Wood said to Mr. Jock after he was reappointed to the seat. “It will be good to have someone with his experience help me through this.”

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