At today’s Board of Selectmen meeting, First Selectman Steve Mattson retired after having served as a Selectman for 17 years and as First Selectman for 5. 

In taking his retirement, Mattson said, “It’s been a privilege and an honor to serve the town I love, but it’s time for me to spend some more time with my family and do a little traveling.  This is the perfect time for me to step down.  The Town is in great financial shape and the Board of Selectmen is in excellent hands.”

Mattson had previously announced his intent to retire at the June 6 Board of Selectmen meeting.

Immediately following Mattson’s retirement, Second Selectman John Kiker (Democrat) and Third Selectman David Lahm (Republican) appointed Lahm to serve as First Selectman for the remainder of Mattson’s term.

Lahm said, “On behalf of the Town of Lyme, I would like to thank Steve for his more than 20 years of outstanding service to our town, not only on the Board of Selectmen, but on numerous other Town boards and commissions as well.  He has been a dedicated public servant, our Town has benefited from his leadership and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”

First Selectman Lahm and Second Selectman Kiker then turned to the appointment of a new Selectman to serve on the Board to finish out Lahm’s term as Third Selectman.  They appointed Kristina White (Democrat) to the position of Third Selectwoman.

White has lived in Lyme for nearly 20 years and served in high-profile volunteer and professional positions for a number of area organizations, boards and charities – including the Lyme Planning & Zoning Commission, the Lyme Fire Company, Musical Masterworks and the Lower Connecticut River Land Trust.  She currently serves as the executive director of the Lyme Land Trust.

Lahm said, “Kristina is an excellent addition to the Board.  John and I welcome her, and look forward to working closely with her.”