Westport RTM to elect leaders Tuesday
Published 10:30 am, Sunday, December 5, 2010
The Westport Representative Town Meeting will elect a moderator and deputy moderator at its monthly meeting on Tuesday.
Moderator Hadley Rose will run for his fourth term. Deputy Moderator Jonathan Steinberg, however, will not seek re-election as he will resign soon from the RTM to prepare for his January swearing-in as Westport's next state representative.
Both positions have one-year terms. Candidates can nominated by any RTM member from the floor. Nominees are then voted on by the full legislative body.
As moderator, Rose carries out a legislative role roughly analogous to that of the speaker of the house in the state General Assembly. The moderator sets the agenda for each RTM meeting and can unilaterally place items on the agenda. In practice, the Westport RTM moderator is primarily a managerial position, and does not promote a legislative agenda as do the speakers of the house in the state assembly and U.S. Congress.
Tuesday's meeting gets under way at 8 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium.