Mary Chaffee, Brewster’s Delegate to the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates, was sworn in on January 2, 2019, along with her colleagues representing the other 14 Cape Cod towns. This is the Assembly’s 16th Session.
The Assembly of Delegates is the legislative branch of County government. It was established by an act of the Massachusetts Legislature in 1989 (the Home Rule Charter). The Charter places the power and responsibility for dealing with Barnstable County’s unique problems with the people of the County.
Assembly Delegates serve two year terms, and approve the County’s annual budget. The FY 2019 budget is expected to be approximately $27 million. Barnstable County provides services and programs that small towns, like most on Cape Cod, could not afford to provide themselves. Barnstable County operates two dredges, a fire and rescue training academy, and a septic system test center. The County provides public health nursing services including immunizations, a water quality lab, emergency planning and response services, and a municipal shellfish propagation program, among many others. Information about County services and education programs is available at https://www.barnstablecounty.org.
Front row (right to left): Randi Potash (Chatham), Deputy Speaker Susan Moran (Falmouth), Speaker Suzanne McAuliffe (Yarmouth), Elizabeth Harder (Harwich).
Middle row: James Killion (Sandwich), Deborah McCutcheon (Truro), Linda Zuern (Bourne), Lilli-Ann Green (Wellfleet), Mary Chaffee (Brewster), Patrick Princi (Barnstable).
Back row: Thomas O’Hara (Mashpee), J. Terence Gallagher (Eastham), Brian O’Malley (Provincetown), Christopher Kanaga (Orleans), John Ohman (Dennis).