After interviewing two candidates who threw their hats into the ring for a vacant seat on the Warren Select Board, the board appointed Mary Alberti to serve out the balance of Clay Mays’ term.

The board interviewed Alberti and Devin Klein Corrigan on June 26.

Both candidates were asked the same questions covering what they would bring to the select board and why they thought they were a good fit. At the end of the interview process the candidates held the floor for their own questions about the position and what it entailed, in terms of commitments and responsibilities.

After the public interviews, the board entered executive session and emerged to appoint Alberti. During the interview process both candidates offered ideas to benefit the community. Both Corrigan and Alberti love the area and want to see it thrive, and showed their enthusiasm for the community at large.

“Both candidates interviewed very well,” commented Warren Select Board member Luke Youmell. “We are thrilled to have Mary join the board as she brings a unique and energetic voice to the board. We also want to thank Clay Mays for his service to the town and the select board.”

Corrigan, whose extensive background includes travel and work in the West to high-end service jobs, now co-owns her own business with her husband. During her interview she stressed the importance of giving back to the community that gives to the people. Corrigan was interested in both the social and political aspects of the board and how the board spends its budget money. She was interested in the day-to-day detail of the board. Her main concern was the general welfare of the people.

Alberti, who moved to the Warren area in 2004, has always loved The Valley. In her interview, she stressed getting the younger generation who don’t use the vote or voice they have, to finally speak up. Giving a voice to the lower-income residents is a priority for her. She emphasized wanting to get more involved with the community and the board’s decisions.

 “I love the aftermath, I wish I could be a part of the turmoil within,” said Alberti.