Oak Bluffs looks for new shellfish constable


In a joint meeting with the Oak Bluffs shellfish committee Tuesday, town selectmen established a recruitment team and a job description for a new shellfish constable ahead of constable Dave Grunden’s upcoming retirement. Grunden has served in the position for the past 19 years.

A recruitment team was established and will consist of selectmen Brian Packish and Mike Santoro, two members of the shellfish committee, and town administrator Robert Whritenour.

Applications are due on April 30. Whritenour said he wants to have interviews done by the middle of May.

Selectmen praised Grunden’s tenure, but said the next constable should have a more hands-on approach.

“This isn’t a conversation that’s reflective of David, it’s where do we go from here,” Packish said. “I’m hoping our next chapter is someone on the pond and someone that’s a lot less administrative and a lot more hands-on.”

In other shellfish-related business, selectmen approved the opening of Sengekontacket Pond for quahogs and clams for the following areas and dates: section 2 on April 27, section 7 on June 15, section 3 on July 20, and section 6 on Aug. 24. Maps of the sections are posted on signs at the ponds.

Two shellfish regulations were also amended. The age minimum for a resident senior citizen cost increased from age 60 to 65 and aquaculture license length increased from three to five years.