Term limits pushed for town officials

Dedham’s elected officials may be subject to term limits if Town Meeting goes along with recent recommendations from the Charter Advisory Committee. Committee Chairman Tom Polito said that at public hearings, there was support among residents for term limits. Polito and the committee recommended limits of four terms for three-year seats and three terms for five-year seats. The committee’s vote was not unanimous, but the majority of the board thought that term limits would encourage more people to get involved in government without the difficulty of unseating an incumbent, Polito said. The town clerk, town moderator, and Town Meeting members would be exempt from the limits. Carmen Dello Iacono and James MacDonald, two longtime selectmen, expressed discomfort with the term limits. At their meeting Thursday, selectmen are expected to vote on whether to put the proposal on the Town Meeting warrant. Following the vote, selectmen could schedule an information session for the public.