Chris Spaulding, March 2020. Weston Today file photo
First Selectman Chris Spaulding made it official on July 28, as his colleagues on the Board of Selectmen voted to accept his resignation.
On Monday, August 2 at 10:00 am, Samantha Nestor will be sworn in as First Selectwoman to complete the unexpired portion of Dr. Spaulding’s term. She is also seeking election to the office in her own right in November.
The First Selectman said he had received many calls and messages wishing him well, some asking about his health. “So I might as well just say it publicly: I’m good. Everything is stable. I just need to keep it that way.”
“I’m happy and proud to say the town is in a great place. This has been one of the most gratifying and rewarding experiences of my life. I wish I could do it forever, but alas, it’s not to be at the moment.”
Selectman Stephan Grozinger said, “I’m honored to have served with you for these last four years. We all came in with the most challenging environment that any Board of Selectmen has ever faced. I’m sorry that we couldn’t finish out our terms together.”
Selectwoman Nestor said, “You’ve been a friend and a mentor, and super fun. And the way you have led us through Covid is remarkable. So, I want you to take a break. The best thing we can do is respect your privacy. And Stephan and I are going to get it done. We’re here, and we appreciate you.”
Town Administrator Jonathan Luiz thanked Dr. Spaulding for his service and for his help bringing Mr. Luiz to Weston. “You guys collectively are so wonderful to work for, such an honor and privilege. Working so closely with you and getting to know you as a person … I don’t have a brother, but if I had a brother I would want him to be just like you.”
Dr. Spaulding said, “I can’t say enough how blessed I am to work with such an incredible staff, particularly Jonathan. And I want to thank the citizens for putting me in the seat and supporting me. I hope I made you proud. All I can say is I did my best.”
Selectwoman Nestor made the motion to accept Dr. Spaulding’s resignation. Mr. Grozinger seconded, but said, “if I could refuse, I would.”