Selectman Cristin McCarthy Vahey took part in her last meeting as a member of the Board of Selectmen Wednesday, poised to start, after the first of next year, as a new state representative from the 133rd District.

"You have worked diligently to recruit new, fresh talent to boards and commissions," First Selectman Michael Tetreau said as he presented Vahey with a bouquet of flowers from Selectman Kevin Kiley and himself. Vahey, a Democrat, was elected to the board in 2011 as Tetreau's running mate.

Tetreau thanked Vahey for her service to the town, which has included several terms on the Representative Town Meeting, as well as volunteering for community organizations.

He also noted that she was instrumental in the adoption of a master plan for bike and pedestrian access, and showed up for the ribbon cutting for town's first bike path on her bicycle.

Therefore, Tetreau said, it was fitting to affix a plaque to one of the town's new bike in recognition of Vahey. The bike rack is in front of the Chef's Table on the Post Road, "one of your favorite destinations."

Kiley offered his personal thanks to Vahey "for her leadership throughout our town."

"You have done a wonderful job at balancing the needs of our town," Kiley said., complimenting Vahey on the way she has conducted herself "at every level. Fairfield, Connecticut, is a much better place today because of you."

Vahey, holding back tears, said she was grateful to have served on the board. She recalled how her first Board of Selectmen meeting was a special meeting to deal with the Fairfield Metro Station, and her first RTM meeting included a vote on emergency funding for repairs at Tomlinson Middle School.

"It's been a privilege to meet so many amazing people, Vahey said.

Vahey's replacement will be voted on by Tetreau and Kiley. The Democratic Town Commitee is expected to endorse Sheila Marmion, a member of the RTM, to fill the vacancy.

"Sheila would be a wonderful addition to the Board of Selectmen and I wholeheartedly support her for the position," Vahey said. "Her intelligence, direct approach and ability to consider all perspectives are an asset to our community."