One day after being elected to the Board of Selectmen, Nelson Almeida on Tuesday resigned from his position on the Parks and Recreation Board. He also announced that he will donate his entire selectmen stipend (approximately $2,100 per year).
"I stand by my words," Almeida wrote in an email to the local media. "Selectmen should not sit on multiple boards period."
His decision comes the same week that state Attorney General Martha Coakley nixed an article approved at Town Meeting in June prohibiting selectmen from serving on other boards.
In the same email, Almeida announced he would donate his stipend evenly among town programs for seniors, the animal shelter and veterans. Donating the selectmen stipend is not unique in Seekonk. At least one other selectman does this, a source told Seekonk Patch.