Tami Dristiliaris, left, who wanted to be Dracut Board of Selectmen chairman, and Jesse Forcier, right, who received the three votes to be chair.
Tami Dristiliaris, left, who wanted to be Dracut Board of Selectmen chairman, and Jesse Forcier, right, who received the three votes to be chair.

DRACUT -- Selectman Tami Dristiliaris called three of her fellow selectmen an expletive after last week's Board of Selectmen meeting during which Jesse Forcier was appointed as the board's new chair and outgoing Chair Alison Hughes as vice chair as part of a reorganization.

Dristiliaris was moved from vice chair to clerk.

In a call Monday morning, Dristiliaris told a reporter she had no comment.

"She called us all (expletives)," said Selectman Joseph DiRocco Jr., who made the motions to nominate Forcier and Hughes. "This stuff isn't personal. Evidently, she took it that way."

After hearing this, The Sun reached out again to Dristiliaris for comment, but she did not respond to messages.

"I would say I think maybe they thought it was going to go a different way, but I'm just honored to get the position and again thank Alison for what a fantastic job she did representing the board," Forcer said Monday.

When pressed, Forcier declined to say who he meant by "they."

After being appointed to chair, Forcier switched seats with Hughes and thanked her for her service.

"Alison, you did an amazing job," he said. "Very proud to have you representing us out there for the past two years, right?"

"Yes," Hughes said.

"Thank you very much," Forcier said. "And I just want to congratulate Joe DiRocco on his re-election."

DiRocco then made a motion to nominate Hughes as vice chair.


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"Do I have a second?" Forcier asked.

Archinski and Dristiliaris were silent for several seconds before Forcier turned to Hughes and asked if she will second.

"I guess I'll second myself then," Hughes said.

Archinski on Monday said he's fine with the outcome. He revealed that he had previously told Forcier he would have liked to be vice chair. It would have been Archinski's first time as vice chair. He served as chair once.

Archinski added that he wasn't aware that Hughes was also interested in the position of vice chair.

Hughes did not immediately return calls Monday.

"I was surprised to see that she was interested in the vice chair, and so I didn't know what was really going on," Archinski recalled of the long pause. "My biggest concern was, 'Do these people have the time to do it?,' and Jesse reassured me that he has the time to represent the board."

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