Marion Select Board names new Board of Health member
MARION — The Marion Board of Health will see the return of a founding member as Albin Johnson was appointed to a six-month position on the board on Oct. 4.
Johnson, who previously served on the Marion Board of Health for 23 years, was unanimously appointed through a joint vote by the Marion Select Board and the Board of Health.
Christina McMichael, who worked as a nurse on Martha’s Vineyard for over 40 years, also interviewed for the role.
According to Board of Health Chair John Howard, the board is in need of someone with experience.
Currently the only other member of the board, Edward Hoffer, is dealing with “personal medical issues” and cannot participate on the board, Howard said.
“Albin is very experienced and knows exactly what goes on in the town,” he said. “I’ve worked with him in my earlier elections and I know his knowledge base, especially with septic systems.”
During his interview, Johnson touted his role as “the septic guy” when he last served on the Board of Health. Johnson said he was on the forefront of the adoption of Title 5 regulations which limited the amount of nitrogen pollution from the town’s sewers.
“Based on his experience and his knowledge of the town, I support Albin Johnson for the position,” said Select Board member Toby Burr.
According to Howard, Johnson’s expertise is especially needed this year.
“It's actually a fairly busy time with the board,” said Howard. “With the state getting more involved and coming down on us and other activities, we really need that experience.”
Johnson will serve on the board until the next town election, which is scheduled for May 12, 2023.
“It’s a six-month appointment from the board of selectmen and at that point the voters and taxpayers can make a pertinent decision,” said Select Board Chair Randy Parker. “But in the meantime, Albin has the experience to get something done in the short time that we have.”