August 19, 2022

Big Changes on Lyme Board of Selectmen; Mattson Retires as First Selectman, Lahm Takes Over Top Spot, Kristina White Appointed as Third Selectwoman

On July 5, Democrat Steven Mattson retired from position of First Selectman of Lyme.

LYME — At the July 5 Lyme Board of Selectmen meeting, First Selectman Steve Mattson (D) retired after having served as a Selectman for 17 years and as First Selectman for five.

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 (D) and Third Selectman David Lahm (R) appointed Lahm to serve as Lyme First Selectman for the remainder of Mattson’s term, which ends December 2023.

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.”

Kristina White has been appointed Third Selectwoman of Lyme. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Lyme Land Trust. Photo by George Moore

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 announced the appointment of Kristina White (D) 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.”

Comments

  1. Jeri Baker says

    Steve Mattson and the Lyme Board of Selectmen have been instrumental in their support of the Lymes’ Senior Center and its future. We applaud Steve’s retirement and wish him all the best. We also welcome the appointment of David Lahm and Kristina White and look forward to working with them!
    Jeri Baker
    Chair, Lymes’ Senior Center Board of Directors
    Chair, Lymes’ Senior Center Building Committee

  2. Maureen Haseley-Jones says

    Steve, enjoy your retirement – well deserved. You did a great job for Lyme.
    Warm regards, Maureen Haseley-Jones aka The English Lady also on the Old Lyme Democratic town committee.

  3. Maureen Haseley-Jones says

    Steve, enjoy your retirement – well deserved. You did a great job for Lyme.
    Warm regards, Maureen Haseley-Jones

  4. Maureen Haseley-Jones says

    Steve, enjoy your retirement – well deserved. You did a great job for Lyme.
    Warm regards, Maureen

  5. Phyllis Ross says

    So sorry that Steve Mattson will no longer be First Selectman of Lyme, but thankful our town has been fortunate to benefit from his wise and caring leadership for many years. The composition of the new Board of Selectmen (or should I say Selectpersons) is a very talented one that will continue to keep Lyme moving forward and nurture the things that make it a wonderful place to live.

    Lyme