Last March, Chichester NH Voters re-elected their Road Agent Jim Plunkett to another three year term at the polls, where he garnered more than 500 votes (80% of those cast). At Town meeting a few days later, a warrant article placed by the BoS asking to appoint rather than elect the Road Agent was decisively defeated 148-43. The situation in Chichester was decidedly different from ours in Moultonboro. For example, our Road Agent's term does not expire until 2018. We aren't facing the odd situation that occurred in Chichester, where a Road Agent was elected by 500+ voters, but 191 voters at Town Meeting could have overruled the will of the voters at the ballot box. Would the BoS have appointed the winner of the election as Road Agent if the warrant article were successful? Thankfully we are not in that situation.
This article hits on the history of how this came about in Chichester and this one on the voting. The arguments pro and con are both valid. The biggest concerns seems to be electing a Road Agent purely on popularity rather than qualifications and accountability.
Whatever voters here decide to do on this issue, the debate is healthy to have as it is always a good idea to challenge the status quo.