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Southbury Selectmen endorse idea of general neutral leadership titles

Gender neutral leadership titles for people in Southbury town government are being recommended by the Board of Selectmen.  The idea was presented to the Board at their meeting last night as part of proposed Charter revisions.  The Board asked that the town counsel work with the commission to make sure the powers and responsibilities of the current board stay in place while the change is made.  The change could mean a Select Board, Selectperson and chairperson, though the actual titles haven't been finalized.  Charter revisions will be voted on by Southbury residents in November.  Proponent say gender specific language is not inclusive, outdated and could discourage women from seeking municipal positions.  Opponents say the change is not needed. 

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