A trade between the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance was completed Wednesday when the selectmen unanimously approved the appointment of former Selectman James Walsh to the finance board.

Walsh, a lawyer, resigned as a selectman last month when questions were raised about his representing clients before the town's land-use boards. As a selectman, Walsh was considered an ex-officio member of all town boards, including those land-use panels.

Following Walsh's resignation, the Republican Town Committee recommended that longtime finance board member Kevin Kiley fill the vacant seat on the Board of Selectman, a recommendation that was approved July 5 by First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Selectman Cristin McCarthy Vahey.

Kiley's appointment then left a vacant seat on the Board of Finance, which the RTC recommended by filled by Walsh.

"While I'm saddened to have left this table, it was an honor to have served" as a selectman, Walsh said, following the vote to appoint him to the finance panel.

The Board of Finance is "a board that I've always respected because I've always found them to be nonpartisan and collegial," Walsh said of his new post.

After Walsh's appointment to the finance panel was approved, the selectmen presented him with a gift -- a framed photo of Walsh, Tetreau and Vahey at their swearing-in ceremony after last year's municipal election.

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