Former Selectman Facing Criminal Charges Elected to Chelsea Planning Board 

A former selectman in Chelsea who’s facing criminal charges involving town funds has been elected to a new town position. But there’s no word yet on whether she’ll take it.Carole Swan was chosen Tuesday as an alternate on the Planning board, with four write-in votes. Benjamin Smith was elected to fill Swan’s seat as a selectman. He’ll officially take on the position at Thursday’s town meeting.Interim town manager Scott Tilton says residents will also vote on a $2 million budget and at least two ordinances born out of the investigation into Swan’s activities. Tilton says one ordinance will create guidelines on bids for town projects. Swan is charged with forgery, improper compensation for services and attempted theft.Prosecutors say she organized a $10,000 kick-back involving the purchase of road sand for the town.Tilton says he hasn’t heard from Swan on whether she’ll accept the planning board position.