John Paciorek seeks COG post


John P. Paciorek of Deerfield will be on the Nov. 6 ballot for election to the Executive Board the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, on which he’s served for 10 years as a member appointed from the council.

The former Deerfield selectman, who has represented the COG as a delegate from Deerfield, is running unopposed for the four-year executive committee post held by Ann Banash of Gill, who is not seeking re-election after serving for 12 years as the elected member of the executive committee.

Paciorek, 69, served as a Deerfield selectman for 18 years.

The council is responsible for guiding the regional organization that replaced county government after it was dismantled in 1997.

“It gives the towns a political advantage in Boston,” Paciorek said when asked the value of the COG. “They know it’s one of the most efficient organizations of its kind. It has a unique ability to bring in grant money” to help the 26 towns in the region.

Since many of those towns are too small to provide services on their own, from planning and economic development to health officers and building inspection, the COG plays an important role in the life of the region.

Banash, who is a member of the Gill Board of Selectmen, had been a member of the charter commission that designed the regional government.

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