SECTION 1. Chapter 3 of the charter of the town of North Andover, which is on file in the office of the archivist of the commonwealth as provided by section 12 of chapter 43B of the General Laws, is hereby amended by striking out section 3-1-2 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
3-1-2 When a vacancy occurs in the office of selectmen, the remaining selectmen may, at any time prior to the next annual town election, appoint a qualified person to serve as selectman until such election; provided, however, that prior to appointment, a proposed appointee shall be named in a public board of selectmen’s meeting and public comments shall be invited, specific to the proposed appointee. At the next annual town election, the voters shall elect a selectman to serve for the unexpired portion, if any, of the original term.
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