Litchfield woman resigns after 60 years' public service
Jewett is saying farewell to her position on the board, a decision she said tugs at her heart and did not come lightly.
“I really wanted to finish the last year of my (three-year) term, but I think doing it this way is fair. Voters should be able to choose my replacement,” she said.
“I started politics in 1952,” she said, explaining some of her first positions were library trustee and town trustee.
Jewett said her health is taking a toll, and her abilities are limited. “I intend to help out still, but I just won’t take the leadership,” said an emotional Jewett, who is optimistic that someone younger but just as passionate about taking care of the students and the elderly will be interested in seeking her position in the March election.
“Beyond the regular meetings and responsibilities of the job, she has spent countless hours assisting those in our community who are less fortunate,” says the release, posted on the town’s website. “ … We will miss the benefits of Pat’s experience and her reminders to our consciences. For many residents, Pat was their direct connection to local government. When they had a question or concern, she was the first person they called. Pat Jewett has epitomized service to our community.”
Perhaps one of her most cherished projects, she said, was helping to collect new backpacks for area children.
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