The longtime chairman of the city’s Board of Finance is likely to be reappointed Tuesday to another four-year term on the volunteer fiscal watchdog panel.
Mayor Art Ward said he plans to ask city councilors to tap Miecznikowski for another stint on the nine-person board.
But, he said, he won’t ask the council to reappoint veteran finance commissioner Don Soucy for another term.
“I’m not surprised I’m not being reappointed. To the victors go the spoils,” said Soucy.
Miecznikowski said he expects “a very, very difficult year next year” as the city tries to cope with the recession.
Soucy, whose term expires at month’s end, has said for months that he didn’t expect to be reappointed.
A champion for education spending, he is one of a group of fiscal overseers who have shown a willingness to hike the school budget.
“If something was accomplished while I was on the board, I think the Board of Ed has received some good increases. Frankly, I wish they received more than they did,” Soucy said.
Ward said he'll ask interested independents and Republicans to apply for the post and pick someone this summer to take Soucy's slot.
There is a legal requirement that city boards have representatives who do not hail from the majority party in control of power at City Hall so officials are sometimes forced to pick people from a particular party.
Soucy was originally appointed by former Mayor Gerard Couture to fill a vacancy on the board and later given a full term on the panel.
He said that he is happy he got a chance to serve.
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