Selectman resigns after residency questions


After months of battling questions regarding his residency and defending his status before a Plymouth County judge, Ronald Gleason has resigned from the Board of Selectmen,   Planning Board,  and Building Committee, effective Feb. 15. Selectmen met last Friday to accept Gleason's resignation and declare the elected offices on the Planning Board and Board of Selectmen available for the annual town election in April. The Building Committee is an appointed panel. Questions regarding Gleason's residency arose in late summer, when he sold his Kingston home and started spending most of his time in Florida. His frequent absence from selectmen's meetings in September and October prompted complaints about his residency, filed with the Kingston Board of Voter Registrars. Gleason argued he was still living in town at a relative's house, although he conceded that he spent much of his time in Florida and ultimately planned to move there. The registrars, after considering testimony during a hearing last fall, struck Gleason's name from the local voting list, which prevented him from holding municipal office. Gleason appealed the decision in Plymouth County Superior Court, where a judge granted him a temporary injunction that allowed him to continue in office until the matter was resolved. During a court hearing last month, Gleason came to a settlement with the town, agreeing to hand in his resignation by Feb. 15. 

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