I have been an information analyst for most of my professional life. This requires research and reporting on a variety of issues.
This discipline enables me to assess situations from different points of view, a perspective that makes my analysis unbiased.
Decisions I make with regard to proceedings of Town Meeting (TM) and appointments are neutral and objective.
I strongly believe the moderator, like the Town Clerk, should not be involved in town politics.
The Moderator should be independent. There must be no perception of conflicts of interest.
I am independent, impartial and fair.
I respect and listen to others' opinions.
I believe that Town Meeting Members have been elected because they want to participate in the process.
As Moderator, it is my job to enable members to speak to the matters at hand,
ask clarifying questions and freely express their opinions.
I am fair but firm and keep members focused on the article or motion under consideration.
I always treat people with respect and try not to voice negative opinions about anyone or raise divisive issues.
My calm and respectful disposition fosters mutual respect, which is why I have excellent relationships with Boards and TMMs.
I am deliberate and I think before I speak. An even temperament defuses problems before they escalate.
I’ve taken courses and earned certificates from the National Association of Parliamentarians.
I’ve consulted other Town Moderators to learn about their experiences and procedures.
Burlington becomes a stronger, richer community by strengthening and expanding healthy participation
to meet 21st century challenges.